National Recording Project


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

Face to Face


Type Sculpture

     Two figures cut from flat steel are interlocked with two other figures at right angles. One pair of figures is active, frozen in a position of moving toward each other in a gesture of mutual attraction and friendship, a symbolic representation of fraternity and the rejuvenation of the area. This pair bisect the other pair of figures which are passive, and whose relationship is more ambiguous.(1) The neo-Cubist treatment of the figures is emphasised by the used of different paint colours on each of the figures, from grey through ochre to rust red, which give depth and interest to the cut-outs.
     Situated on junction off a busy roundabout, Face to Face was commissioned by the City of Birmingham in conjunction with the Public Art Commissions Agency to act as one of the 'gateway' sculptures to the Heartlands area of the city (the others being White Curl and Sleeping Iron Giant). Positioned as it is on an uncaring part of the road system, it is already beginning to look tawdry, reflecting the difficulty in attempting to liven up the industrial areas beyond.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Smith, Ray Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Steel, painted 600 x 400cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx219 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Park Circus
Precise location Junction of Park Circus and Waterlinks Boulevard
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1993
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Birmingham City Council and Public Arts Commissions Agency
Duty of care Birmingham City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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