Tim Tolkien

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Tim Tolkien
Sentinel sculpture TimTolkien.jpg
Sentinel near the Jaguar works in Castle Bromwich, formerly the Spitfire factory
Born 1962 (age 51–52)
Nationality English
Known for Sculpture
Notable work(s) Sentinel

Tim Tolkien (born 1962) is an English sculptor who has designed several monumental sculptures, including the award-winning Sentinel.

He has a wood carving and metal sculpture business at Cradley Heath, West Midlands. He is also a bass player and member of the band Klangstorm, founded in 1996.

Tolkien was raised in the village of Hughenden Valley, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and, with his two brothers, Stephen and Nick attended the local Royal Grammar School. Several large canvasses painted by Tim still graced the school's corridors for many years after he left. He graduated with a degree in fine art (sculpture) from the University of Reading in 1981.

He is the great-nephew of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings (Tim is the grandson of Hilary Tolkien, the younger brother of J. R. R. Tolkien).

Works[edit]

Sentinel[edit]

Sentinel is Tolkien's most famous work to date. In 1996, he was appointed by CAN[1] who were awarded the contract to develop public art proposals for the estate using National Lottery money, as an artist in residence to help with regeneration of the Castle Vale estate in Birmingham. The following year, he consulted with residents about an art project for the entrance to the estate. They favoured a sculpture featuring Spitfires, reflecting the area's flying history. The large steel and aluminium Sentinel Spitfire sculpture was the result, showing three Spitfires peeling off up into the air in different directions. It was unveiled on 14 November 2000, near the former factory which built them, by their former test pilot Alex Henshaw.

Cedric Hardwicke[edit]

Tolkien also sculpted a memorial to the actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke, at the latter's birthplace of Lye, West Midlands, for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. The memorial takes the form of a giant filmstrip, the illuminated cut metal panels illustrating scenes from some of Sir Cedric's best-known roles, which include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Shape of Things to Come, and The Ghost of Frankenstein. It was unveiled in November 2005.

Ent[edit]

His proposals for a 20-foot high statue of Treebeard, an Ent from The Lord of the Rings, to be erected on the Green at Moseley, near J. R. R. Tolkien's childhood home in Birmingham, have met with some controversy[citation needed], but permission for its erection – originally scheduled for May 2007 – was granted by Birmingham City Council[needs update].

Catalogue[edit]

Work Location
(Birmingham unless stated)
Date Picture Coordinates
(With links to map and aerial photo sources)
Notes
James Watt's Mad Machine Winson Green Metro station 1998 (1998) 52°29′50″N 1°55′53″W / 52.497216°N 1.931290°W / 52.497216; -1.931290 Supported by Eric Klein Velderman, Paula Woof and local school pupils.[2]
Lanchester Car Monument Nechells 1995 (1995) Lanchester car sculpture.jpg 52°29′35″N 1°52′22″W / 52.4930°N 1.8729°W / 52.4930; -1.8729 On the site of the development of the first British petrol-engined car[3]
Mosaics Menzies High School, Sandwell With Eric Klein Velderman and pupils.[4]
Millennium Sculpture St.Nicholas School, Kenilworth 2001 (2001) With pupils[5]
Dragonfly sculpture Hembrook Infants and Junior school, Warwickshire May 2003 (2003-05) With Emma Dicks[6]
Gateway Belle Vue Primary School, Stourbridge [7]
Archway Springhallow School, Ealing With pupils.[8]
Memorial to Sir Cedric Hardwicke Lye, West Midlands November 2005 (2005-11)
Bluebell Sot's Hole Local Nature Reserve, West Bromwich 2008 (2008) Tim Tokien - Sot's Hole Bluebell - 01.jpeg 52°31′38″N 1°59′05″W / 52.527268°N 1.984727°W / 52.527268; -1.984727 [9]
Gate Sot's Hole Local Nature Reserve, West Bromwich 2008 (2008) Tim Tokien - Sot's Hole gate - 01.jpeg 52°31′38″N 1°59′05″W / 52.527202°N 1.984665°W / 52.527202; -1.984665 [9]
Gates RSPB Sandwell Valley RSPB Reserve Gates 1.jpg 52°32′07″N 1°56′53″W / 52.535371°N 1.947992°W / 52.535371; -1.947992
Sentinel Castle Bromwich 14 November 2000 (2000-11-14) Sentinel sculpture TimTolkien 05.jpg 52°30′48″N 1°47′53″W / 52.5134°N 1.7981°W / 52.5134; -1.7981
Gate Holly Wood Local Nature Reserve, Sandwell 2012 (2012) Holly Wood Nature Reserve gate - 02.JPG 52°32′54″N 1°55′32″W / 52.548281°N 1.925456°W / 52.548281; -1.925456 [10]

Tolkien also undertook the redesign of Lea Hall railway station, Birmingham, with Eric Klein Velderman; completed in 1998)[11]

Toyah[edit]

He has also worked with the singer and television presenter Toyah Willcox, designing her armour-like stage costumes and, in 2005, making a documentary film for BBC2, comparing New Zealand's successful exploitation of its movie-related J. R. R. Tolkien associations, with that of J.R.R.'s (and Toyah's) home town, Birmingham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.can-uk.co.uk
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Birmingham Photographs – Lanchester Car Public Art". Bplphoto.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.schools.sandwell.net/menzies/news.htm
  5. ^ "St. Nick's Sculpture". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Arts Contact Warwickshire". Warwickshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.belle-vue.dudley.gov.uk/school-information/sculpture.htm
  8. ^ "Pupils get a spring in their step". Ealing Times. Thisisealing.co.uk. 28 July 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "The Friends of Sot's Hole". The Friends of Sot's Hole. Spring 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  10. ^ Philpotts, Chris (26 April 2013). "Whitecrest pupils add the icing on the gate!". Great Barr Observer (1868): 5. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link][dead link]

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