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.
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