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

Gossiping Geese


Type Sculpture

     Two separate brick and stone columns. On one is a bronze goose with wings outstretched (also entitled 'Bad Egg') and on the other are two bronze geese (Gossiping Geese) peering at their neighbour through an arched metal 'window'.
     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 .. The goose has a wild and domestic persona. From earliest times people have been impressed by the spectacle of huge flocks of geese passing overhead in late spring. The return of the geese has always heralded the start of the summer. On the domestic front geese have been famous for their talent as 'watchdogs' since the Romans used them to defend their capital. Caerphilly's new Windsor Square is now animated by its own guardian geese.'
     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 CAER005: The Jackdaws of Caerphilly, and CAER015: Flighty Piece

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Westerman, Julie Fay Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Gossiping Geese Bronze None
Base Brick None

PMSA recording information

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

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Date of design June 1994 - July 1995
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
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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