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

Abstract Sculptures


Type Sculpture

     The four abstract steel sculptures are set on a roundabout amidst heather, silver birch trees and a grid of galvanised steel posts. Set on triangular bases on the perimeter of the grid, they are composed of simple geometric shapes that recall the industries of the Potteries. One is shaped rather like a bottle kiln, with smoke rising from it and a simple cylindrical shape set amongst the smoke; another consists of a semi-circular shape balancing on the triangular base, with a smaller semi-circular shape welded onto its upper surface, its form recalling a steel rolling mill. The other two sculptures elude recognition; one balances a longer, more pointed triangle on the triangular base; the other consists of a piece resembling the cross section of a stairway sitting on top of the triangular base, with a simple cylindrical form welded onto one of the 'steps'. For the artist, their forms, shapes and colours represent her residual memories of her upbringing in Stoke.
     The piece was funded through the Percent for Art scheme as part of the overall budget for the Tunstall Western Bypass procured by Staffordshire County Council. The overall concept for the scheme was developed by Stoke on Trent City Council's Landscape Design and Development section in conjunction with the artist, Beth Cullen. Celestica, a local firm based in Kidsgrove, donated £2,000 towards the project.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Cullen, Beth Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Galvanised steel 1.85m high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STskTUxx006 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Tunstall Western Bypass
Precise location roundabout at the northern end of Chemical Lane
A-Z ref 41 D1
OS ref None

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Date of design 1999-2000
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details 2000
Commissioned by Staffordshire County Council
Duty of care Staffordshire County Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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