National Recording Project


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

Sleeping Iron Giant


Type Sculpture

     The sculpture is situated at a busy junction in an industrial area of the city and seems regardless of the clamour all around.
     This sculpture was designed as one of a number of gateways to the Birmingham Heartlands. A statement produced at the time of its unveiling says that it 'reflects a history of metal industrial activity, recently fallen into decline. As he sleeps [he is] a symbol of dreams and hopes for the future.'(1) It was unveiled by a group of local schoolchildren in conjunction with a creative writing project about its meaning. The ten times life-size head lies on its side on a specially prepared mound and presents a rusted look similar to that of the Iron:Man by Antony Gormley in Victoria Square. Both pieces deal with the city's industrial heritage using the human form as a metaphor.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Nowakowski, Ondre Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Iron, sintered, Polyester resin, on steel rienforced frame 1.4 x 2.44m

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx187 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • Graffiti
Road Cattell Road
Precise location Junction of Cattell Road and Garrison Lane
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1992
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Birmingham City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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