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

Romulus and Remus

Summary

Type Sculpture

     Stylistic depiction of Romulus and Remus legend with twin sons of Mars being suckledby two of the eight teats of the she-wolf. The sculpture is set on a plinth above a four-legged canopy, the whole standing on a stone base.The statue stands on a local farmer's land within a few feet of the boundary wall and is easily seen from the A39 road.
     Celestra was an Italian prisoner-of-war living at the Penn Hill camp. He was employed by local farmers to repair boundary walls damaged by bombs dropped by German bombers. In gratitude to the kindness he found among the people of Somerset celestra carved this monument using the image he found on an Italian banknote as a guide.The banknote itself used an engraving after the anonymous Central Italian 15th century bronze now in the Washington National Gallery.
     The legend of Romulus and Remus. Romulus went on to found the city of Rome.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Celestra, Gaetano Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
She Wolf Concrete 100h x 160w
Canopy 4legs Concrete 300h x 200w
Base Concrete 100h x 160w

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SO01 LM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
Structural condition
  • Loose elements
Vandalism
  • None
Road A39
Precise location Half mile south of Green Ore crossroads on east side of A39 opposite Pen Hill
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST574489
Date of design 1940-45
Year of unveiling c1945
Unveiling details c1945
Commissioned by none
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Not at risk

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