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

The Heron Bench

Summary

Type Sculpture , Street Furniture

     This circular bench is divided into three sections by the sculpted herons that form the back of each seat. The sculpture sits on a round stone base, surrounded by a circle of cobblestones.
     This sculptural bench forms 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 Technical 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.
     The work was inspired by herons, which are regular visitors to the Washlands.

Inscriptions

On a plinth near the bench: 'THE HERON BENCH'/ BY NIGEL HOBBINS/ THIS SCULPTURE WAS UNVEILED BY THE MAYOR OF EAST STAFFORDSHIRE/ COUNCILLOR PETER HAYES/ ON 25 SEPTEMBER 1995/ COMMISSIONED BY THE BOROUGH OF EAST STAFFORDSHIRE/ SUPPORTED BY BURTON CIVIC SOCIETY,/ BURTON & DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND/ BURTON UPON TRENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE/ WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO/ BITHAM SCHOOL AND WATERSIDE DAY CENTRE

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Hobbins, Nigel Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Herons Semi-seasoned oak, varnish None
Bench Ekki (80 year old sea weathered timber groynes) 2m high x 90cm diameter
Base Cobbled stones None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STesBUxx010 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Bird guano
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Andressey Island
Precise location Northern tip of the island
A-Z ref 166 C1
OS ref SK259229
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details 25 September 1995
Commissioned by Borough of East Staffordshire
Duty of care East Staffordshire Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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