This frieze shows two flying putti, delightfully rounded with blank eyes and a shock of hair, holding an open book bearing the inscription. Their bold, simplified carving complements that of the primitive styled columns supporting the portico and continued above it as decorative features.
Bloye completed the frieze for the library, designed by J.P. Osborne, by the end of 1938. (1)
(Inscribed) 'NUTRI MENTUM SPIRITUS' ( roughly translates as, 'nourish the spirits of the mind')
|Bloye, William James||Sculptor|
|Part of work||Material||Dimensions|
|Relief||Stone||60 x 200cm|
PMSA recording information
|Precise location||South Yardley Public Library, entrance|
Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.
|Date of design||None|
|Year of unveiling||1938|
|Commissioned by||Birmingham City Council|
|Duty of care||Birmingham City Council|
|Listing status||Not listed|
|At risk?||Not at risk|