National Recording Project


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



Type Sculpture

     Originally located on a landscaped site near the Lucas Factory, Aeolus was beset with technical problems, as was Pye's Peace Sculpture. Comprising two hanging curtains of weighted metal tubes which banged together in the wind, causing uncontrollably noisy disturbances and work was carried out to make the sculpture silent.(1)
     Presented to the city on 4th August 1975, Aeolus was sponsored mainly by Lucas Industries, with a contribution from the Arts Council of Great Britain.(2) The original cost was £5,000, but this rose another £3,500 as a reinforced base had to be installed. The National Exhibition Centre, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Aston University were amongst those who were offered the piece, but it was deemed too expensive to resite, and had to be put into storage by the Public Works Department in August 1978.(3) It is believed that it has subsequently been scrapped since the Yorkshire Sculpture Park applied to take the piece, but were unable to locate it

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Pye, William Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Relief Metal tubes unknown

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx200 BM
General condition Not Visible
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road New John Street
Precise location Near Lucas Factory
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1975
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care N/A
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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