National Recording Project


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

Fire Tower


Type Sculpture

     Six steel tubes forming a circle are welded to a circular steel base. The tower-like structure tapers to about half of its lower diameter. Thinner tubes have been curved to represent flames at the top of the tower and these 'flames' are floodlit. Both the colour of the work and the flames allude to the Fires of Industry theme. This is underlined by the use of predominately red and purple-leaved plants for the landscaping.
     This work is one of a series commissioned for Dudley's new Southern By-pass. For the driver or pedestrian, the road will provide a passage through time, whereby each artwork is loosely inspired by an era.The flames and the tower-like structure recall aspects of Dudley's industrial history.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bews, Phillip Artist
Gorvin, Diane Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Six pipes Steel, painted red 13cm diameter, 20m high, 1.3m wide (max.)
flames Steel tubing, painted white 7cm diameter, 3 to 4m high
brick floor surround red brick circle of diameter 6.2m
base steel, painted red circle of 1.6m diameter

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduDUjj029 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Southern By-Pass
Precise location on island at junction with Cinder Bank
A-Z ref 54 D5
OS ref SO939893
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details 2000
Commissioned by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Duty of care Dudley MBC
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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