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

Watching the Washlands

Summary

Type Sculpture

     The sculptures are intended to resemble Indian wayside icons, colourful figures which traditionally guard the boundaries of villages from evil. The two sculptures are placed a few feet apart; one is a rounded edged cuboid shape with two bulging eyes, the other is much larger and has a concave face which bears some similarity to Cubist imagery.
     This sculptures form part of the Washlands Sculpture Trail which was set up by the Borough of East Staffordshire's Leisure Services with support from the Burton and District Arts Council, Burton Civic Society, Burton-upon-Trent College and West Midlands Arts. Financial aid and materials were supplied by the sponsors and local businesses. The sculptures are intended to, "offer innovative interpretations of the natural, social and historical heritage of this unique area and its relevance to the people of Burton today". (1) The projects deliberately involved local people, especially schools and various community groups.
     These sculptures are inspired by the story of Burton's patron Saint Modwen, who healed afflicted eyes with water from the Trent Washlands.

Inscriptions

On a plinth near the sculptures: 'WATCHING THE WASHLANDS'/ BY HATTIE COPPARD/ THIS SCULPTURE WAS UNVEILED BY/ MICHAEL ELLIOT,/ CHIEF EXECUTIVE WEST MIDLANDS ARTS/ ON 10TH JUNE 1993/ TO COMMEMORATE THE START OF/ THE WASHLANDS SCULPTURE TRAIL/ SUPPORTED BY/ THE BOROUGH OF EAST STAFFORDSHIRE/ WEST MIDLANDS ARTS AND / BURTON CIVIC SOCIETY

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Coppard, Hattie Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Cubiod sculpture Steel, concrete, ceramic tiles, mirror mosaic 62cm high x 60cm wide x 60cm deep
Face sculpture Steel, concrete, ceramic tiles, mirror mosaic 280cm high x 125cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STesBUxx009 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Andressey Bridge
Precise location North-west shore line of the island
A-Z ref 166 C1
OS ref SK252228
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1993
Unveiling details 10 June 1993
Commissioned by The Borough of East Staffordshire
Duty of care East Staffordshire Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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