National Recording Project


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



Type Sculpture

     The dragon is constructed out of mild steel parts, which were then sanded down before being painted with multiple layers of acrylic to create the iridescent green and gold effects. Clinging to the wall like a lizard, the dragon is a finely detailed piece providing an interesting focal point for users of the work spaces around the courtyard.
     Commissioned by the Custard Factory, an arts centre developed in the former Birds factory buildings, Digbeth, this sculpture was started in February 1993 and completed in May.(1) Inspired by the ancient derivation of the word Digbeth from "dragon's breath".(2) Local school children were invited to the unveiling of the work, when custard pies were the main menu item and members of staff from the Custard Factory performed a story about dragons for the children.(3)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Gray, Tawny Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Dragon body Mild steel 15m long
Colour Acrylic paint, green and gold None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx121 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Gibb Street
Precise location The Custard Factory, interior courtyard on wall above pool
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1993
Unveiling details May 1993
Commissioned by The Custard Factory
Duty of care The Custard Factory
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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