National Recording Project


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

Family Group


Type Statue

     Carved from a single piece of wood, the sculpture depicts a man and woman back to back, with a child at their side, and supporting two children on their shoulders. It has a primitive, organic quality.
     This work was carved by Copnal from the stump of an oak tree in his own garden. (1) In his Sculptor's Manual, the artist describes how 'the purest form of wood carving is to resurrect old pieces of wood lying around, in forests, under hedges or wherever it can be found, and turn these into interesting shapes, inspired by various forms seen in these often twisted and gnarled tree stumps.' During the work of shaping the wood, 'the imagination of the carver reveals shapes that gradually have some meaning'. Copnall must have used this method to produce this piece, for the original form of the stump can still be seen.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Copnall, Edward Bainbridge Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Oak 400cm high x 90cm wide x 90cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduDUjj017 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • None
Road King Street
Precise location On pedestrian bridge over King Street
A-Z ref 55 E4
OS ref SO945902
Date of design 1963
Year of unveiling 1969
Unveiling details August 1969
Commissioned by Not commissioned, but later purchased by Dudley Metropolitan Borough
Duty of care Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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