National Recording Project


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

Phoenix Trees


Type Sculpture

     The work consists of a series of five oak posts in a line, each topped with birds' wings cast in bronze. Nearest the island, the post is topped by a single pair of wings, supported on metal rods; the second post is topped by two sets of birds' wings, supported on opposite metal 'branches'; the third has four sets of wings, two pairs branching off from each of the two metal branches; the fourth has eight sets of wings, four pairs on each side, with each of the branches again sub-dividing; the fifth pole is topped by sixteen sets of wings, with the branches dividing again on the same principle. There is a sense of increasing momentum within the piece as you move away from the island. Intended to recall both the traditional metal working industries of the area and the ancient forests that used to exist in Wednesfield, the sculpture also suggests the idea of increasing freedom and scope for movement. Yet it fails to have a sufficiently substantive presence to successfully convey this idea to those travelling past at speed.
     Central government contributed towards the funding of this piece.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Geliot, Steve Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Poles Oak 5m high
Wings Cast metal, bronze coloured None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvWExx009 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Planetary Road
Precise location Bowman's Island, at junction with Wednesfield Way
A-Z ref 28 5D
OS ref None

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

Date of design 2001
Year of unveiling 2001
Unveiling details August 2001
Commissioned by Wolverhampton City Council
Duty of care Wolverhampton City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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