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

Ariel

Summary

Type Sculpture

     A circular stone base to a pillar which carries an inscription spiralling around it. This supports a statue of a figure riding on the wings of a bat.
          The work illustrates Ariel's song from Act Two Scen Two of 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare.

Inscriptions

indistinct in photograph, presumably :'WHERE THE BEE SUCKS, THERE SUCK I: / IN A COWSLIP'S BELL I LIE; /THERE I COUCH WHEN OWLS DO CRY. / ON THE BAT'S BACK I DO FLY / AFTER SUMMER MERRILY. / MERRILY, MERRILY SHALL I LIVE NOW / UNDER THE BLOSSOM THAT HANGS ON THE BOUGH.'

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Ritchie, Walter Sculptor
Elkins, Charles Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
None Burma teak 213cm high including column

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WAsaSAxx040 BM
General condition Not Visible
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road None
Precise location school
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1952
Unveiling details 1952
Commissioned by Charles Elkins, County Architect
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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