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

The Commuter


Type Sculpture

     The figure of a 'typical' male commuter wears a bowler hat and a three piece suit, and carries an umbrella and suitcase. The statue is hollow and supported on a flat metal base and is entirely painted in a metallic silver colour.
     This piece was commissioned by the Midlands transport company Centro as part of the refurbishment programme for Snow Hill Station. Since 1991 Centro have worked closely with artists on station refurbishment schemes and this life-size male figure of a a male commuter was originally devised for Canley station in Coventry.(1) It was decided that this image was not suitable for its location, since Canley is not a business area. Consequently, 'The Commuter' was erected for Snow Hill station, which is in the middle of the business quarter in Birmingham. The total cost of the piece was approximately £5,500, and was funded by Centro. (2) It was unveiled by the Right Honourable Neil Kinnock. (3)


(Plaque) ' "The Commuter"/ by/ John McKenna A.R.B.S./ Sculptor/ Unveiled by/ The Rt Hon Neil Kinnock/ European Commissioner fro Transport/ February 9th 1996'

Contributor details

Contributor Role
McKenna, John Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Aluminium, painted 1.8m high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx170 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Colmore Row
Precise location Entrance vestibule to Snow Hill Station
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1996
Unveiling details 9 February 1996
Commissioned by Centro
Duty of care Centro
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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