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

Cinema Centenary sculpture


Type Sculpture

     A sculpture comprising various brightly coloured flat cut-out figures and nautical and cinematic motifs. Arranged in a ring around a curl of film and a seagull the figures represent a pirate; a mermaid; a lifeboatman; Captain Cook and Gertrude Bell.
     One of two works designed by Clinch for Redcar's celebration of 100 years of British Cinema.(REAA21, qv) When the sculptor fell seriously ill the sculpture was completed by two artists and a blacksmith.(1) The various elements refer to Redcar's history; links to the sea, the local Regent cinema and two local heroes, Captain Cook (MIAA56, qv) and Gertrude Bell.(2) Bell, the renowned 'Desert Queen', spent her early childhood in Redcar. Born in Washington, County Durham in 1868, she travelled the world after graduating from Oxford. Exploring uncharted deserts years before T.E Lawrence, her knowledge of the Bedouin tribes is said to have been crucial to allied intelligence forces in World War One. Also known as a capable archaeologist, linguist, writer, mountaineer and photographer she died in Iraq, the state she helped establish, in 1923. She was buried in Baghdad with full military honours.(3)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Clinch, John Designer
Humphrey, Glenn Artist
Potter, Tracey Artist
Godbold, James Blacksmith

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Cut steel 250cm high x 315cm diameter

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Accretions
Structural condition
  • Water collection
Road Lord Street
Precise location Junction with Granville Terrace and Coast Road
A-Z ref 29 4F
OS ref None

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

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1997
Unveiling details Installed 1997
Commissioned by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Duty of care Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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