This bronze statue of a workman stands on a circle of bricks. He is dressed in clogs, trousers, waistcoat and a shirt with rolled-up sleeves. His right hand holds the handle of a sledgehammer; his left hand holds the handle of a shovel. The bronze has been textured and coloured to give a rough, clay-like appearance.
This work is one of a series commissioned for Dudley's new Southern By-pass, and funded through the Percent for Art scheme. For the driver or pedestrian, the road will provide a passage through time, whereby each artwork is loosely inspired by an era. This particular piece recalls the contribution of the local labour force to Dudley's industrial history. It was cast at Castle Foundry in Oswestry.
The figure depicts an anvil or chainmaker, both jobs which used to be common in the area.
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