National Recording Project


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

Living Fossil


Type Sculpture

     The sculpture resembles a giant seed pod surmounted by a calyx and part of the stalk. Painted in brown and vivid greens, it looks like something from a theme park or children's playground.
     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. This fossil-like form conjures up images from Dudley's ancient past. The artist's main inspiration came from two fossils, a charaphyte and a medusan. She liked the segmented shape of the medusan fossil, and the ridged pattern on the charaphyte one, combining these two elements to create the main body of the sculpture. She painted the sculpture and included elements from a seed pod in order to convey the idea of something living before it was fossilised.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Carsberg, Natasha Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Steel, painted 2.2m high x 2.6m wide x 2.6m deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduDUjj032 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Southern By-Pass
Precise location on grass between Wolverton Road and Southern By-Pass
A-Z ref 55 F3
OS ref SO950905
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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