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

The Jackdaws of Caerphilly


Type Sculpture

     Stone column with bronze sweep around that fragments into a flight of jackdaws.
     On Cardiff Road the junctions with Stockland Street and Windsor Street are closed to traffic allowing the creation of smaller scale spaces for the shoppers to rest away from the traffic. These spaces are characterised by individual sculptures by Julie Westerman, the theme of which is 'guardianship' interpreted by a series of bronze geese. From 'The Jackdaws of Caerphilly': Jackdaws and geese have historical and contemporary resonance. At the turn of the century the people of Caerphilly were nicknamed Jackdaws by the inhabitants of nearby towns. The origins probably lay with the ruined castle as home to flocks of the birds.' Information from Cywaith Cymru : Artworks Wales: 'Artists have been working alongside landscape architects (Camlin Lonsdale) and planners to transform the centre of Caerphilly, helping to revive the spirit of the town. The bronze sculptures in Stockland and Windsor Streets were designed by the artist working closely with the landscape consultant and with local people. The new spaces created in these two streets are areas in which one can rest or meet with friends.'
     Taken from 'The Jackdaws of Caerphilly': 'The new square provided by blocking Stockland Street and Windsor Street have provided the spaces in which to pause, just off the busy shopping thoroughfare. These squares have been given form and identity through the inclusion of their sculptural features. Thus animated, they have been transformed from places in which to pause into places in which to linger. The sites provided an opportunity to establish a series of guardian sculptures. Towns and cities the world over have employed guardians to represent and defend their people. They mark the various camps and fly the flags for the different factions. Proud figures adorn town gates, stand above doorway and mark thresholds. Here in Caerphilly the guardians express a new confidence for the town. They carry the visual narrative and provide a focus for each indvidual space.'

Related works : See CAER015: Flighty Piece, and CAER014: Gossiping Geese

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Westerman, Julie Fay Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Carvings, sculpture Bronze 400cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Stockland Square
Precise location Entrance to Stockland Street
A-Z ref 9 5E
OS ref None

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Date of design June 1994 - July 1995
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details 1995
Commissioned by Mid Glamorgan County Council
Duty of care Caerphilly County Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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