National Recording Project


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

Arachne's Web


Type Street Furniture

     This pair of gates are formed from a spider's web design. The right hand gate has an attachment which enables the spider to be raised and lowered as the gates are opened and closed. The latch on the gates also has a spider on it. Each gate combines a spiral and a spider web representing the network of community contacts and also the splendid work of conservation volunteers in the area "spinning the green web" '.(1)
     The Borough Artist designed the gates for this former school, reopened as a community centre in 1990. The work was funded by the Planning and Architecture Committee of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. (1)

Related works : WMduDUjj018 and WmduDUjj019 are also part of this scheme.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Field, Steve Designer
Harvey, Steve Metal worker
Harvey, Jayne Metal worker

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Gates Wrought steel, galvanised 170cm high x 246cm wide
Spider Steel, painted green 40cm long x 40cm wide x 11cm deep
Handle Steel,galvanised 14cm high x 14cm long

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduDUjj012 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • None
Road Beechwood Road
Precise location Entrance to St Thomas's Community Centre
A-Z ref 55 F3
OS ref SO953904
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1990
Unveiling details 1990
Commissioned by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Duty of care Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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