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

Historical Car and Motorcycle Company Logos

Summary

Type Panel

     Several small relief panels attached to the fencing around the retail park, with a larger version of one of the panels hanging over the entrance area. The panels depict the logos of some of Wolverhampton's historical car and motorcycle companies. Each logo is repeated several times on the fencing around the park. The panel used over the entrance as well as one on the fence depicts a nude lady sitting upon a star, and is the logo for Star Cars.The panel over the entrance has some pierced out sections. The other logos include an image of a couple in a sports car for Briton Cars; a sunburst for Sunbeam Cars; a representation of a Native American in feathered head-dress for GUY; and simply the name CLYNO.
     The developers expressed an interest in commissioning public art commemorating the local motor industry after attending a talk on the town's former vehicle manufacture at the Museum. The artist Steve Field researched the area's transport history with the help of Ray Jones, a local transport historian, and David Evans, who runs the Star Register. These logos form part of a wider public art scheme commemorating the area's motor industry.
     Guys Motors, founded in 1914, were producers of military vehicles during the First World War. Later, they were to become giants in commercial vehicle manufacture. They produced six-wheeled armoured cars for the Indian Army, huge 4-ton lorries that were a favourite with removal companies, and the Guy Wolf lorry with its spacious open back for scrap and coal merchants. Clyno mass-produced cars in competition with Ford and Austin, while Star Cars concentrated on producing upmarket touring and saloon cars. The Sunbeam Motor Car Co. was founded in 1905, and broke world land speed records during the 1920s before closing down in 1934.

Inscriptions

On nearby plaque: PUBLIC ART DESIGN/ by Stephen Field/ and John Mckenna ARBS/ IN RECOGNITION OF WOLVERHAMPTON'S/ PAST ACHIEVEMENT IN THE/ MOTOR CAR INDUSTRY,/ DESIGNED IN ASSOCIATION WITH/ WOLVERHAMPTON M.B.C. &/ CASTLEMORE SECURITIES LIMITED/ (1995)

Related works : WMwvWVxx001 Locations of Historical Car and Motorcycle Factories WMwvWVxx003 Sunbeam Car Panels

Contributor details

Contributor Role
McKenna, John Designer
Field, Steve Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Fence panels Steel, with applied surface, silver/grey Slight variations but one is 36cm high x 62 cm wide, another is 50cm diameter
Large panel Steel, with applied surface, silver/grey 100cm diameter approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvWVxx040 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Dudley Road
Precise location On fence and over entrance of St John's Retail Park
A-Z ref 29 2H
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details 1995
Commissioned by Castlemore Securities Ltd
Duty of care St John's Retail Park
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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