National Recording Project


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

Untitled (Three Steel Monoliths)


Type Sculpture

     The sculpture comprises three simple rectangular cubiods set in a line, the middle one is set at an angle to the end two. Due to the height of the sculpture and the shapes, it has a monolithic appearance. The sculpture is rusted (core-ten steel is made to form a rust layer that protects the surface and prevents further oxidisation) and will continue to do so. They are intended to evoke Bilston's engineering past, chimneys and decay. There are lines across each monolith formed by gaps left between the plates that have been welded on to an internal steel frame.
     There was a limited competition for the commission for this work. Of the three artists who submitted detailed designs and models, Miles Davies' proposal was accepted by the assessment panel because of the way in which both its form and the material of which it was to be made were felt to reflect local industrial traditions. It subsequently attracted adverse comments from some local people because of its rusty appearance, which was felt to detract from the local environment. This sculpture is intended to enhance and provided a recognisable marker on The Black Country Route, an urban dual carriageway that was opened in 1995, linking junction 10 of the M6 with the main route between Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council, with the work of several artists, a charitable organisation, and some U.K. based manufacturers have provided public art on and around the carriageway. The Internet site 'Public Art on the Black Country Route'' documents the whole development. (1)

Related works : All other works on the Black Country Route, including some non-sculptural pieces such as brick patterns, which are not recorded here.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Davies, Miles Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Core-ten steel Approximately 10m high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvBIxx010 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Black Country Route
Precise location roundabout at junction of the High Street and Millfields Road
A-Z ref 31 5E
OS ref SJ940964
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1996
Unveiling details June 1996
Commissioned by Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council
Duty of care Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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