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

Belgrade

Summary

Type Panel

     Sculptured concrete panel over the main entrance to the Belgrade Theatre symbolising the city of Belgrade and is based on a 1684 engraving by Giacomo de Rossi.(1) The relief shows a fortress on a hill above a walled city, surrounded by the river Danube. The city arms and its name in Cyrillic script on a banner are at the top of the relief. The dark colour of the textured panel provides a visual interruption form the smoothness of the surrounding windows. The relief shows a fortress on a hill above a walled city, which is surrounded by a river. At the top left, the city's coat of arms appear and at top right, its name is shown on a banner in Cyrillic script. The city is presumably Belgrade, given the name of the theatre.
     James Brown was asked by the city architect to design and make the relief. The Yugoslav Embassy was consulted about the project, and they supplied the Giacomo de Rossi engraving upon which Brown based his design. Brown first made the relief in brick clay and then had it cast in cement fondu with Penmaenware granite chippings for aggregate.
     The theatre was named after the Yugoslav city as a gesture of friendship between the two cities and in recognition of a gift of timber to furnish the interior of the building.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Brown, James C Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Relief Cast cement fondu with Penmaenware granite chippings for aggregate 305cm x 230cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMcvCVxx020 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Corporation Street
Precise location exterior wall of Belgrade Theatre, facing Corporation Street
A-Z ref 116 B4
OS ref SP332792
Date of design 1958
Year of unveiling 1958
Unveiling details March 1958
Commissioned by Coventry Planning and Redevelopment Committee
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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