Public Monuments and Sculpture in Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle-under-Lyme
Public Monuments and Sculpture in Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle-under-Lyme
 

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The Pace of Recovery
at the Festival Park, Etruria, Hanley
 

Location: on the roundabout at the junction of Festival Way and Marina Drive
Sculptor:
Francis Gomila
Unveiling: Spring 1994
Commissioned by: St Modwens Properties PLC
 


'The Pace of Recovery', Etruria
'The Pace of Recovery', Etruria
Stainless steel sculpture by Francis Gomila depicting a swan, dated 29 March 1994.
Located on mini-roundabout at the junction of Festival Way and Marina Drive in the Etruria area of Stoke-on-Trent.
The area formerly housed a steelworks, now redeveloped as a retail and leisure park

photo: Copyright (licensed for reuse) Espresso Addict  July 2006

 

 

Description:

The swan is mounted on a tall plinth that slopes at an angle of about 40 degrees. It is depicted with outstretched neck and wings, as if rising from the water into the air.

The swan appears on the logo of St Modwens Properties Ltd, the property development corporation responsible for purchasing the formerly derelict site on which the 1986 Garden Festival was mounted and which has since developed the area for retail, entertainment and light industry. The sculpture symbolises 'the successful regeneration that has been achieved at Festival Park'

 


'The Pace of Recovery'
the view looking towards the entrance to the Festival Park

photo: Copyright (licensed for reuse) Steve Lewin  July 2006
 


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Materials:

Part of work

Material

Dimensions

Sculpture

Stainless Steel 2.5m wingspan

Plinth

Stainless Steel 5m high

 

 

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3 July 2008