National Recording Project


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

Big Bluey


     Leaping dolphin, carved from stump of a condemned poplar tree that had toppled into the River Kelvin. Stained blue
     In April 1994 an 80ft poplar tree toppled into the River Kelvin. Philip Benson walked into The Big Blue, 'pointed to the tree outside and said "buy me the tools and I'll carve you a dolphin".' He handed over a carving as collateral and the owner of The Big Blue, Sandro Giovanazzi, agreed to put up the money and contact the Council for permission. Workmen left a 15ft stump which Philip Benson carved in situ (1)


On a plaque on the dolphin's back: BIG BLUEY / CREATED BY / PHILIP BENSON 1995

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Benson, Philip Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole Wood (poplar) None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WL/006 GW
General condition Poor
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Structural damage
Road Kelvin Walkway
Precise location Outside the Big Blue Diner, below the Great Western Road Bridge
A-Z ref 35 J15
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1994-1995
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Proprietors of The Big Blue
Duty of care The Big Blue
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Don't know

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