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Lucie Wedgwood Gates
Location: Chapel Lane, Burslem - outside the Health Centre
Commissioned by: North Staffordshire NHS Trust
Architect: Philip Wooton
Blacksmith: Edmund Sveikutis
There are four separate panels in the gates,
each of which show figures outlined in steel and filled in with wire mesh
coloured in red, blue, yellow, green, orange, brown and white.
The hands decorating the plate and shaping the pot commemorate the ceramics industry and its significance in the industrial development of the area. Other motifs - the mother holding her baby, the crawling infants, and the obviously healthy children playing children - allude to community health services, past and present, available within the health centre.
Inscriptions: (above the panels)
LUCIE WEDGWOOD GATES
(vertically, to the left of the left hand gate) 1938
(vertically, to the right of the right hand gate) 1998
Part of work
Panels (x 4)
Steel and wire mesh, painted each panel 3m x 1.35m
The panel on the extreme left shows the arms of two people shaking hands,
with a woman holding a baby in her arms beneath.
The panel next to it depicts the hand and sleeve of someone painting a plate, with two babies (one black, one white) crawling beneath.
On the right hand side of the
gates, the first panel shows a male and a female figure
walking through a landscape.
To the right of this panel, two children are depicted playing football
against a background of hills, with the sun and clouds in the sky above.
Photos: Jan 2006
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20 January 2006