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

Maypole

Summary

Type Sculpture

     The maypole tapers in its height and is fabricated from welded steel plate with attached lengths of half round steel strip to represent woven ribbons. The base of the pole has two separate sections with a projecting cill and cornice and has applied decoration from steel profiles welded to it. The lower section has daffodils and the upper pansies and dancing children holding the ends of ribbons. The top of the pole has a circular ring which turns in the wind, surmounted by a flag and ball finial. From the upper part of the pole three symbolic ribbons of stiffened steel spiral outwards and are attached to the ground at the outer circumference of the mosaic base. The whole of the steel structure has a very upbeat colour scheme of cerise, chrome yellow and turquoise. The mosaic base is divided into quadrants which have symbols depicting cricket, the church, the Staffordshire knot, and industry. Fortuitously, the location of the sculpture, opposite the junction with Planks Lane, at certain times of the year permits the setting sun to be focused between buildings onto the work. There are numerous references in the area to maypoles (Maypole Street/ Maypole Café etc) but there was no maypole. This piece of public art sets out to remedy the omission.
     The sculpture was part of the wider Windmill Bank Improvement Scheme, funded by South Staffordshire Council to re-landscape the area around the site. The proposals, including watercolour drawings and a card model, were shown to a meeting of the Wombourne Parish Council and published in Local News. The mosaic artist, Cathryn Ryall, conducted mosaic workshops in the nearby community centre with local groups to demonstrate how mosaic work is carried out. The group made flower plaques.
     The work commemorates the existence of a Parish Council in Wombourne for 100 years. The Council's symbol is depicted in the floor mosaic.

Inscriptions

The mosaic base contains various symbols representing the life of the village together with the inscription divided into quadrants “ Wombourne Parish Council Est 1894".

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Field, Steve Sculptor
Harvey, D R Metal worker
Apollo Engineering, None Metal worker

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Maypole Flame cut steel plate Pole 5.5m high + finial 1.5m high
Roundel Mosaic 3m diameter

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STssWMxx001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Junction of Maypole Street and Windmill Bank
Precise location in village centre at road junction
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO875930
Date of design 1999
Year of unveiling 1999
Unveiling details Unveiled 15 December 1999
Commissioned by South Staffordshire District Council and Wombourne Parish Council
Duty of care South Staffordshire District Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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