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

Industrial Images

Summary

Type Panel

     The relief features several industrial images. The wheels of a pit head, cogwheels, steel girders, chains and a drill bit occupy the lower half of the relief. At the top two men pour molten metal from a Bessamer tilting furnace into casting blocks; a line of these blocks curves around the image to the front, meeting up with the girders. In the background a chimney smokes, and cog wheels turn. The whole image is enclosed in an arched frame of pale yellow bricks.
     The artist was approached by the Employment Services Agency, who asked him to produce designs based on historical images of Bilston's industry. The work was an experimental one for the artist in that he used two types of clay body, with varying shrinkages, to obtain the different colours rather than dyeing the clay before baking it. Its height made it difficult to instal.
     The furnace in the top left hand corner alludes to 'Old Bess', which used to be the main blast furnace in the area.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
McKenna, John Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Relief Brick, red and buff, partially painted 3m x 2.75m

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvBIxx008 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road High Street
Precise location Job Centre, on fa├žade above entrance
A-Z ref 31 5E
OS ref SJ943966
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details 1995
Commissioned by Employment Service Agency
Duty of care Employment Service Agency
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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