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

Oracle

Summary

     Two identical abstract forms, with a winged appearance, are set beside each other on top of two separate pillars. The Architectural Review, under a heading 'Sculpture in the City' (1 ) described them as 'two balancing forms of delphic inspiration' and Franta Belsky says the commissioning brief asked for 'a temple guardian'. The work was originally conceived as a fountain with the water running on the inside of the pillars into a pool. The forms, of 'aluminium-filled polyester resin gel coat',(2 ) were cast by the sculptor himself while the pillars, of concrete, were made by a contractor following a model designed by Belsky.
     Belsky could not remember who commissioned this work but said it was erected to celebrate the opening of Temple Way House and unveiled in 1976 (3.) (The architect, Stewart Edwards, to be contacted). In 1976 the piece was awarded the Royal Society of British Scupltors' Sir Otto Beit Medal and a cast plaque recording this is fixed to the north face of one of the supporting pillars.Belsky pioneered the use of lightweight polyester resin and his first large scale public work to attract attention was 'Triga', three horses, on the Caltex building opposite Harrods in Knightsbridge (Architecural Review February 1959).
    

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Belsky, Franta Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Aluminium/resin/glass/steel 640cm highTwo

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
BR43 BL
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Narrow Plain
Precise location Outside Temple Way House, at present Bristol offices of Clerical Medical Assurance
A-Z ref 5/3E
OS ref None

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Date of design 1973
Year of unveiling 1974
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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