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

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Summary

Type Sculpture

     From left to right, top to bottom the work depicts: a girl stepping though an oval mirror; two groups of figures in battle with spears; an eight-pointed star; a brown horse grazing; a white figure in a dress wearing a crown; a similar figure in red; a bearded male figure in armour seated on the ground and scratching his head; a hippopotamus and a small cat which stands at the feet of the girl. The cat is a portrait of the artist's own cat. The work is free-standing, but is placed just in front of a black wall which provides an effective background. The forms are cut out of plate metal and are primarily two dimensional with voids used to express details within the forms, the only three dimensionality coming from the metal rods used to depict the hair, mane and whiskers. This two dimensionality, coupled with the simplified forms gives the work a graphical character reminiscent of children's art, suitable to both the location and subject matter.
          Characters from the classic children's novel by Lewis Carrol 'Alice through the Looking Glass', the sequel to Alice in Wonderland.

Inscriptions

None.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Ritchie, Walter Sculptor
Barnsley, Geoffrey Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole Painted steel plate, flame cut 300cm high x 366cm wide x 25cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WAwaKExx001 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Blackthorn Road
Precise location Thorns County Primary School
A-Z ref None
OS ref SP295716
Date of design 1959
Year of unveiling 1959
Unveiling details 1959
Commissioned by Warwickshire County Council
Duty of care Thorns Primary School
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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