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

Lettered Column

Summary

Type Sculpture

     The overall shape of this piece recalls a smoking chimney. The octagonal shaft is set within an octagonal area paved in light-coloured blocks. There are dark solid granite blocks for a distance of three-quarters the way up the column: the upper part of the column consists of an open steel framework that overlaps with the granite blocks, but begins well above ground level. The granite blocks and the steel framework are inscribed with two sets of alphabets, one in lower and one in upper case, but both in italic script. Below the level of the open framework, some of the letters are incised, some embossed, and others slightly raised and painted gold. Above this level, the letters are attached to the steel frame.
     This piece is one of four commissioned for the Wednesfield area after the local Council approached the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust in 2000 to develop a public arts strategy for the area. It was completed by a local stonemason company in June 2002 following the illness of the original designer.
     The sculpture commemorates the calligrapher Daisy Alcock, who lived adjacent to the site at New Cross Farm. After training at Wolverhampton and West Bromwich art colleges, she went to the Royal College of Art and then to London University to study. Later she taught at Hammersmith College of Art. Her work can be found in Westminster Abbey and the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as in local churches and hospitals in the Wolverhampton area. During the war years, she worked on the Battle of Britain roll of honour. During the 1960s, she returned to her native Wednesfield and continued to teach calligraphy locally.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Watts, Meic Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Octagonal shaft Granite blocks, steel 5.2m high, with circumference of 2.8m at base

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvWExx010 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Wolverhampton Road
Precise location junction of Wolverhampton Road and New Cross Avenue, opposite New Cross Hospital
A-Z ref 28 5D
OS ref None

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Date of design 2000-2002
Year of unveiling 2002
Unveiling details 2002
Commissioned by Wolverhampton City Council
Duty of care Wolverhampton City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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