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



Type Statue

     Seager's piece represents youth in the form of an abstracted figure of a pony-tailed girl. Composed of large, simplified forms, it shows a debt to the modern movement in sculpture and particularly to the influence of Henry Moore's monumental, reclining nude figures.(1)
     Commissioned by the Public Works Department in 1958, the sculpture was selected from several models put forward by the artist who was living in Smethwick at the time. Its cost of £370 was paid for from the Capital Account. When unveiled it was reported in the local press that the sculpture was to be 'but the first of a series of statues planned for the city's estates'.(2)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Seager, Harry Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Concrete None
Base Brick 213cm high overall

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx216 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Melvina Road
Precise location Junction of Melvina Road and Saltley Road
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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

Date of design 1958
Year of unveiling 1959
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by The Public Works Department
Duty of care Birmingham City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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