National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Flying Figurehead


Type Sculpture

     Male and female leaning bronze figures on circular stone base. Male with left arm outstretched, looking down at female figure. Lower part of bodies merge and form a 'cloak' effect. The sculpture described the sense of movement as 'suggestive of the prow of a boat.'
     The sculpture was the winner of the 1988 Maritime Sculpture Competition sponsored by the City of Swansea and J. Sainsbury PLC as part of the development around the former South Docks and Half-Tide Basin.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Backhouse, David Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Bronze 335cm length approx
Base Stone 91cm approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Quay Parade
Precise location On main road outside Sainsbury's Supermarket
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS661932
Date of design 1988-89
Year of unveiling 1989
Unveiling details Unveiled on 29th September 1989
Commissioned by City of Swansea and J. Sainsbury PLC
Duty of care City and County of Swansea
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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