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

Dawn of Time


Type Sculpture

     There is a calligraphical feel to this abstract sculpture whose form suggests a sunrise. The bright yellow painted surface lends an air of optimism to the work, thereby alluding to a brighter future for Dudley.
     This is one of a number of works on the Dudley Southern Bypass funded through the Percent for Art scheme. Unlike the larger pieces on roundabouts, it can be approached and walked round. It forms one of a set of works on the verge of the Wolverton Road that deal with the theme of Dudley's archaeological past.
     The ancient area of land near Dudley known as the Wren's Nest was the inspiration for this piece. Its form alludes to the outcrops of limestone rock formed millions of years ago. The artist himself has stated that the work 'is about the land itself and the sun breaking across it', an idea strengthened by the application of yellow paint to it. Steel is his normal working medium, but has been used here as it relates to the industrial heritage of the area.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Lyons, Michael Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Steel, painted yellow 1.8m high x 3.05m long

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduDUxx038 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Wolverton Road
Precise location on grass verge between Wolverton Road and Dudley Southern Bypass
A-Z ref 77 6G
OS ref None

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

Date of design 1999-2001
Year of unveiling 2001
Unveiling details Installed 26 September 2001
Commissioned by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Duty of care Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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