Sentinel near the Jaguar works in Castle Bromwich, formerly the Spitfire factory
|Born||1962 (age 52–53)|
Tim is the great-nephew of the writer J. R. R. Tolkien. He was raised in the village of Hughenden Valley and went to the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. He graduated with a degree in fine art (sculpture) from the University of Reading in 1981.
Sentinel is Tolkien's most famous work to date. In 1996, he was appointed by CAN 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.
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.
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, but permission for its erection – originally scheduled for May 2007 – was granted by Birmingham City Council[needs update].
(Birmingham unless stated)
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|James Watt's Mad Machine||Winson Green Metro station||1998||Supported by Eric Klein Velderman, Paula Woof and local school pupils.|
|Lanchester Car Monument||Nechells||1995||On the site of the development of the first British petrol-engined car|
|Mosaics||Menzies High School, Sandwell||With Eric Klein Velderman and pupils.|
|Millennium Sculpture||St.Nicholas School, Kenilworth||2001||With pupils|
|Dragonfly sculpture||Hembrook Infants and Junior school, Warwickshire||May 2003||With Emma Dicks|
|Gateway||Belle Vue Primary School, Stourbridge|||
|Archway||Springhallow School, Ealing||With pupils.|
|Memorial to Sir Cedric Hardwicke||Lye, West Midlands||November 2005|
|Bluebell||Sot's Hole Local Nature Reserve, West Bromwich||2008|||
|Gate||Sot's Hole Local Nature Reserve, West Bromwich||2008|||
|Gates||RSPB Sandwell Valley|
|Sentinel||Castle Bromwich||14 November 2000|
|Gate||Holly Wood Local Nature Reserve, Sandwell||2012|||
Other notable work
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.
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- "Birmingham Photographs – Lanchester Car Public Art". Bplphoto.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "St. Nick's Sculpture". Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Arts Contact Warwickshire". Warwickshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Pupils get a spring in their step". Ealing Times. Thisisealing.co.uk. 28 July 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "The Friends of Sot's Hole". The Friends of Sot's Hole. Spring 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
- Philpotts, Chris (26 April 2013). "Whitecrest pupils add the icing on the gate!". Great Barr Observer (1868): 5.
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