Waiting to Bowl
The statue depicts a heavily bearded gentleman in traditional bowling costume, jacket, waistcoat, and cap. He holds a bowling ball in his right hand, his left hand rest on his hip.
This sculpture was part of a sculpture trail project between Stafford Borough Council and Stafford College.The sculptures were all created by students on Stafford Colleges HND Figurative Sculpture Course. The venture was supported by Virgin Trains and West Midlands Arts. The sculpture project was opened by The Mayor, Counciller H. Brunt. The intention was that this would be a Millennium project; however, of the twenty or so sculptures originally placed in the park, only six remain.This is partially due to the use of materials such as fibreglass which easy for vandals to damage. A local news report details some of the vandalism, stating that, 'hands and arms of statues had been broken off and a giant shark sculpture had been tipped into the River Sow.' (1) However, Waiting to Bowl has fared well over the five years of its existence and has not been vandalised. It is hoped to secure funding to enable a cast to be made and a more permanent figure in bronze installed at the bowling green.
The sculpture is based on a portrait of Dr W G Grace and was inspired by an old photograph discovered by the sculptor. Dr Grace was the founder of the English Bowling Association in 1903 as well as achieving fame as a cricketer and Captain of England.
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