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

Sculpture entitled Bo Peep and her Sheep

Summary

Type Sculpture , Statue

     This is a bronze statue of a woman, slightly impressionistic in a long flowing dress which trails on the ground. She has her hair in a bob, her left hand on her hip, her right hand reaching up to her neck in a fist-like gesture. Behind her stands an equally rough sheep painted in gloss black paint.
     Diane Gorvin is the 'town sculptor' for Warrington and Runcorn; she originally took the job through the Manpower Services Commission and was then given a contract by the development corporation. Bo Peep was cast at the Meridian Foundry in London and the sheep were cast in concrete as a project at Liverpool College of Art and Design. The sculpture of Bo Peep and sheep was commissioned for Birchwood Forest Park as an entertaining 'fun' piece that is to be used by the Park Rangers in projects with children. The sheep were scattered throughout the park and people are encouraged to go and look for them. This attracts visitors in the park to go places they might not otherwise consider going.
    

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Gorvin, Diane Sculptor
Meridian, None Foundry

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Bo Peep Bronze None
Black Sheep Concrete None
Other Sheep Plaster None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CHWA0030 LL
General condition Poor
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
  • Structural damage
  • Surface damage
Road Off Birchwood Way (A574); area between Ordnance Ave. and Moss Gate
Precise location near Ranger's hut and throughout the park
A-Z ref 10 3A
OS ref None

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

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1985
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Cheshire New Towns
Duty of care Birchwood Forest Park
Listing status Don't know
At risk? At Risk

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