National Recording Project


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

Spiral Fossil


Type Sculpture

     This work consists of a flattened cylinder of marble with a spiral groove cut on either side of the cross section. The side which faces the main road has been polished and many real fossils can be seen in the stone.
     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. The inclusion of fossil forms in this art work conjures up images from Dudley's prehistoric past.The engraved spiral on the polished surface is eventually to be gilded with gold.
     The sculpture is inspired by a gastropod fossil, certain types of which can be found in Dudley limestone. The spiral shape symbolises the cycle of life - the way in which living things are made from elements and minerals, and when they die become elements and minerals again. By its very constitution, limestone is an example of the passage of time, as well as recalling the valuable sources that have been discovered in the Dudley area.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Konu, Michael Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Kilkenny limestone, pale grey and polished on one surface 1.8m diameter x 40cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduDUjj031 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • Graffiti
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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