National Recording Project


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

Tipping Triangles


Type Fountain

     According to the artist, the aim of the work is 'to provide beauty and tranquillity for the site whilst using the university's triangle symbol to provide cheerfulness and focus'.(1) The large triangular 'tippers' are filled with water trickling from the top of the structure and then disgorge their load after passing a certain point of equilibrium. As this happens in turn for each triangle, the effect is of constant motion. This work provides a counterpoint to William Pye's Peace Sculpture at the other side of the campus, which is also a fountain sculpture.
     A competition to produce a work of public sculpture for the Aston University site was instigated in 1987, and Conner's designs were accepted. British Steel donated the materials and work got under way from about 1989. However, progress was hampered due to British Steel not being able to fulfil their promise of materials, due to internal restructuring.(2) They eventually made the generous donation, but numerous safety considerations, increases in costs due to extra elements being required and difficulties in finding parts which would work properly also played their part in the delay.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Conner, Angela Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Fountain Stainless steel 5.4m high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx086 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Woodcock Street
Precise location Aston University site, in front of Sack of Potatoes public house.
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1994
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Aston University
Duty of care Aston University
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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