National Recording Project


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

Take Off


Type Sculpture

     Pytel depicts three egrets frozen in the act of taking off, mounted on a tall, slender pedestal, all of rough and unpolished steel.(1) The physical mass and industrial materials of the piece are belied by the illusion of weightlessness and the elegance of birds in flight.
          The piece represents the phenomenon of flight, and it was designed to commemorate 40 years of peace in Europe.(2)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Pytel, Walenty Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Steel sheet 1.4m high
Pedestal None approximately 10m overall

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx204 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Bickenhill Lane
Precise location Birmingham International Airport, on main roundabout of approach road
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling c.1989
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Birmingham International Airport
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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