National Recording Project


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

Abstract Forms


Type Sculpture

     The sculpture was commissioned as the result of a competition held in 1961. The competition was organised by the city planning committee and Coventry Art College to find sculpture for Smithford Way in a way that would allow the best student's work to be publicly displayed and at the same time provide the city with public sculpture at little cost. The city architect Arthur Ling's plans for Smithford Way had included the provision of a number of free-standing sculptures but the funds allocated were nominal and therefore the committee decided to involve the art college in the project. Accordingly the competition was held and six prizes were offered, the judges recommended four sculptures for prizes but the committee reduced this to three, including 'Abstract Forms'. Unlike the other two works this sculpture was sited in Market Way not Smithford Way. The work cost £150, including £50 in prize money.(1) Removed when Coventry Point was built, present whereabout's unknown.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Greenwood, Elizabeth Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
None unknown None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMcvCVxx082 BM
General condition Not Visible
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Market Way
Precise location None
A-Z ref None
OS ref SP332792
Date of design 1961
Year of unveiling 1962
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Coventry Planning and Redevelopment Committee
Duty of care Coventry City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Don't know

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