List of public art in Coventry

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This is a list of public art in Coventry, in the West Midlands, England. This list applies only to works of public art accessible in an outdoor public space. For example, this does not include artwork visible inside a museum.

Central Coventry[edit]

Coventry Cathedral[edit]

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Cathedral St Michaels Victory.jpg
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St Michael's Victory over the Devil Coventry Cathedral

52°24′30″N 1°30′25″W / 52.408217°N 1.50695°W / 52.408217; -1.50695
1958 (1958) Sir Jacob Epstein Sculpture Bronze Coventry Cathedral [1]
Reconciliation Statue, The Old Cathedral, Coventry.jpg
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Reconciliation Coventry Cathedral ruins

52°24′29″N 1°30′27″W / 52.408047°N 1.507478°W / 52.408047; -1.507478
1995 (1995) Josefina de Vasconcellos Statues Bronze Coventry Cathedral [2]
Ecce Homo Statue, The Old Cathedral, Coventry.jpg
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Ecce Homo South wall of Coventry Cathedral ruins

52°24′28″N 1°30′27″W / 52.407824°N 1.507607°W / 52.407824; -1.507607 approx
1969 (1969) Sir Jacob Epstein Sculpture Subiaco marble Coventry Cathedral [2]
Christ Coventry Cathedral ruins After 1943 (1943) Alain John Concrete Coventry Cathedral [2]

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum[edit]

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Herbert Art Gallery and Museum - Elisabeth Frink.JPG
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Elisabeth Frink Herbert Art Gallery and Museum - near Jordan Well, Coventry

52°24′25″N 1°30′22″W / 52.407073°N 1.505975°W / 52.407073; -1.505975
1956 (1956) F. E. McWilliam Statue Bronze Herbert Art Gallery and Museum [2]
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum - Man's Struggle.JPG
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Man's Struggle Herbert Art Gallery and Museum - Jordan Well, Coventry

52°24′25″N 1°30′19″W / 52.407013°N 1.505369°W / 52.407013; -1.505369
1959 (1959) Walter Ritchie Relief Mural Portland stone Herbert Art Gallery and Museum [2]
WTC Widefox HerbertMuseum-TheEnfolding4.JPG
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The Enfolding Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry - Peace Garden, Coventry

52°24′27″N 1°30′23″W / 52.407637°N 1.506523°W / 52.407637; -1.506523
1985 (1985) Jean Parker Sculpture Bath stone 180 cm high Herbert Art Gallery and Museum [2] Formerly in Smithford Way was relocated to this Peace Garden in November 1990 [3]
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Mother and Children Herbert Art Gallery and Museum - Bayley Lane, Coventry

52°24′26″N 1°30′24″W / 52.407119°N 1.506535°W / 52.407119; -1.506535
1986 (1986) Gary Galpin Sculpture Bath stone Herbert Art Gallery and Museum [2]
Peace Stone Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 1990 (1990) Sculpture Stone, bronze Herbert Art Gallery and Museum [2]
WTC Andy Mabbett DSC 5954.JPG Barra Suite 5 Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 1992 (1992) Dr. Tim Threlfall Sculpture Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Millennium Place[edit]

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Sir Frank Whittle Statue, Coventry.jpg
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Sir Frank Whittle Millennium Place, Coventry

52°24′37″N 1°30′31″W / 52.410263°N 1.508552°W / 52.410263; -1.508552
2007 (2007) Faith Winter Statue Bronze Coventry City Council
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Whittle Arch Millennium Place, Coventry

52°24′38″N 1°30′32″W / 52.410445°N 1.508811°W / 52.410445; -1.508811
2002 (2002) Sculpture Stainless steel Coventry City Council
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The Public Bench Millennium Place, Coventry

52°24′39″N 1°30′32″W / 52.410753°N 1.508973°W / 52.410753; -1.508973
1998 (1998) Jochen Gerz Coventry City Council
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The Future Monument Millennium Place, Coventry

52°24′38″N 1°30′30″W / 52.410585°N 1.508281°W / 52.410585; -1.508281
 () Jochen Gerz Obelisk Glass Coventry City Council

Coventry Council House[edit]

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Date Artist / designer Type Material Dimensions Designation Owner / administrator Notes
Council House frontage, Earls Street - geograph.org.uk - 1268983.jpg Leofric, Godiva and Justice Coventry Council House

52°24′25″N 1°30′29″W / 52.407083°N 1.508099°W / 52.407083; -1.508099
1920 (1920) Henry Wilson Portland stone Coventry City Council
Flywheel Opposite Coventry Council House 1987 (1987) Michael Farrell Coventry City Council [2]
Naiad Council courtyard 1981-3 (replaced 1958 original) George Wagstaffe Bronze Coventry City Council [2]

Greyfriars Green[edit]

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Date Artist / designer Type Material Dimensions Designation Owner / administrator Notes
Greyfriars Green - Coventry - statue - James Starley (13745540973).jpg
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The James Starley Memorial Greyfriars Green, Coventry

52°24′15″N 1°30′55″W / 52.404205°N 1.515212°W / 52.404205; -1.515212
1884 (1884) Joseph Whitehead and Sons Memorial Statue Granite, Ravaccione marble Plinth: Overall height 600cm, plinth width 366cm. Figure: 150cm high. Panels/second stage: 200cm high x 96cm wide x 96cm deep. Column: 80cm high approx. Coventry City Council The inventor of the bicycle in 1870. [2] [4]
Greyfriars Green - Coventry - statue - Sir Thomas White (13745815924).jpg
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The Thomas White Memorial Greyfriars Green, Coventry

52°24′17″N 1°30′50″W / 52.404749°N 1.513828°W / 52.404749; -1.513828
1883 (1883) W. W. Wills and T. W. Wills Statue Cornish granite, Sicilian marble Pedestal: 305cm high. Statue: 228cm high Coventry City Council [2] [5]

Broadgate and Hertford Street[edit]

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Date Artist / designer Type Material Dimensions Designation Owner / administrator Notes
Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre - Coventry - Lady Godiva statue.jpg
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Self Sacrifice (Lady Godiva) Broadgate, Coventry

52°24′29″N 1°30′37″W / 52.408032°N 1.510402°W / 52.408032; -1.510402
1949 (1949) William Reid-Dick Equestrian statue Bronze and stone Coventry City Council [2]
Lady Godiva clock -Broadgate -Coventry-21July2008.jpg Godiva and Peeping Tom Clock Broadgate House - Broadgate, Coventry

52°24′27″N 1°30′38″W / 52.407588°N 1.510682°W / 52.407588; -1.510682
1953 (1953) Trevor Tennant Clock sculpture Painted wood Coventry City Council [2]
The People of Coventry Broadgate House - Hertford Street, Coventry

52°24′27″N 1°30′38″W / 52.407454°N 1.510634°W / 52.407454; -1.510634
1953 (1953) Trevor Tennant Panel, sculpture Doulting stone Each group: 300cm x 91cm x 46cm Coventry City Council [2] Four panels, placed between the windows of the former Bridge Restaurant, each representing two standing figures depicting Coventry past, present and future. [6]
Broadgate Standard Broadgate, entrance to Upper Precinct, Coventry 1948 (1948) British Pressed Panels Ltd Aluminium Coventry City Council [2]
Peeping Tom - geograph.org.uk - 288615.jpg Peeping Tom Hertford Street, Coventry

52°24′24″N 1°30′42″W / 52.406577°N 1.511642°W / 52.406577; -1.511642 approx
1972 (1972) Painted wood Coventry City Council [2]

Bull Yard[edit]

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Bull Yard - Coventry - winged statue (13767436335).jpg
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The Phoenix Bull Yard & Hertford Street, Coventry

52°24′22″N 1°30′44″W / 52.406110°N 1.512326°W / 52.406110; -1.512326
1987 (1987) George Wagstaffe Statue Bronze 237cm x 150cm x 60cm Coventry City Council The sculpture represents the city's post-war story. It symbolises the young of the new city rising from the flames of the old city. The phoenix is in the form of a winged woman, her wings raised above her head, they cumulate in sharp points. [7]
Bull Yard - Coventry - Thread Through Time (13767824544).jpg Thread Through Time Bull Yard, Coventry

52°24′22″N 1°30′47″W / 52.406127°N 1.512927°W / 52.406127; -1.512927
1999 (1999) Robert Conybear and Uta Molling Cone sculpture Cast recycled concrete, stone and brick 3.9m high approx (plus 6m of laser). Coventry City Council [2] Carved and painted cone which emits a laser beam up some 6 metres up into the night sky. [8]
Bull Yard - Coventry - Sir Guy and the Dun Cow (13767472513).jpg Sir Guy and the Dun Cow Above the pavement between Shelton Square and Bull Yard in the precinct, Coventry

52°24′22″N 1°30′48″W / 52.406208°N 1.513291°W / 52.406208; -1.513291
1952 (1952) Alma Ramsey Sculpture Stone mix covered in paint 200cm high x 250cm wide Coventry City Council [2] [9]

Coventry University[edit]

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The Coventry Boy Statue, Coventry.jpg
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The Coventry Boy Outside the Students Union - Coventry University - Priory Street, Coventry

52°24′30″N 1°30′23″W / 52.408378°N 1.506289°W / 52.408378; -1.506289
1966 (1966) Philip Bentham Statue Bronze and sandstone Coventry City Council [10]
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Graham Sutherland Building sculpture Coventry School of Art and Design - Graham Sutherland Building - Coventry University

52°24′26″N 1°30′11″W / 52.40726°N 1.503178°W / 52.40726; -1.503178
 () Sculpture Steel Coventry University
Coventry Crown Court - Much Park Street, Coventry - Concrete sculpture - Basilica (16777050950).jpg
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Basilica Coventry Crown Court - Much Park Street, Coventry

52°24′23″N 1°30′22″W / 52.406268°N 1.506007°W / 52.406268; -1.506007
1991 (1991) Paul De Monchaux Sculpture Purbeck and Portland limestone, and Frankland Grey Granite 280cm high x 300cm wide x 230cm deep approx. Coventry Crown Court [11]

Belgrade Theatre[edit]

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Belgrade Theatre - Corporation Street, Coventry - relief - Belgrade (13785109614).jpg Belgrade Belgrade Theatre - Corporation Street, Coventry

52°24′35″N 1°30′50″W / 52.409671°N 1.513903°W / 52.409671; -1.513903
1958 (1958) James C Brown Relief panel Cast cement fondu with Penmaenware granite chippings for aggregate 305cm x 230cm Belgrade Theatre [12]
Belgrade Theatre - Upper Well Street, Coventry - sculpture - memorial to Bryan Bailey (13785404694).jpg
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A memorial to Bryan Bailey Belgrade Theatre - Upper Well Street, Coventry

52°24′36″N 1°30′50″W / 52.409972°N 1.513752°W / 52.409972; -1.513752
1962 (1962) (recast in bronze 2008) Norelle Keddie Memorial sculpture Bronze Belgrade Theatre Bryan Bailey was the first director of the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. After the development of a new public space, it was returned here in 2009 [13]

Other city centre areas[edit]

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Coventry Cross Cuckoo Lane, Coventry

52°24′30″N 1°30′31″W / 52.408197°N 1.508581°W / 52.408197; -1.508581
1976 (1976) George Wagstaffe Market cross Ferro-concrete, Hollington stone, anodised aluminium, fibreglass Coventry City Council [2]
Rebuilding Coventry and the Co-op's Activities Co-operative Society Building - Corporation Street, Coventry

52°24′33″N 1°30′51″W / 52.409167°N 1.514065°W / 52.409167; -1.514065
1956 (1956) John Skelton incised line drawings on several of the columns Hornton stone 366cm x 61cm Coventry City Council [2] [14]
Coventry's Industries Lower Precinct, Coventry

52°24′30″N 1°30′53″W / 52.408212°N 1.514687°W / 52.408212; -1.514687
1958 (1958) and 1961 Arthur Ling Panels Neon tubes 200cm x 300cm approx. Coventry City Council [2] [15]
Growth of the City Sainsbury's - Trinity Street, Coventry

52°24′35″N 1°30′32″W / 52.409777°N 1.509011°W / 52.409777; -1.509011
1964 (1964) John Skelton diagrammatic map Swedish pearl granite, part painted 335cm x 275cm Coventry City Council [2] [16] Not visible on the outside of the building

Coventry Ring Road[edit]

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Steel horse Junction 6 Coventry Ring Road - Ringway St Patrick's, Coventry

52°24′10″N 1°30′52″W / 52.402838°N 1.514405°W / 52.402838; -1.514405
1986 (1986) Simon Evans Prancing horse sculpture scrap metal, coated black Coventry City Council On going roadworks at Junction 6 of the Coventry Ring Road, so this might have gone into storage (sometime in 2014)
Untitled Sculpture Lamb Street, Coventry (near Ringway St Nicholas)

52°24′42″N 1°30′48″W / 52.411803°N 1.513362°W / 52.411803; -1.513362
1973 (1973) John Bridgeman Sculpture Resin, bronze powder Sculpture: 219cm high x 65cm wide x 30cm deep. Pedestal: 26cm high x 112cm wide x 94cm deep Coventry City Council [2] An organically shaped abstract sculpture coloured in muted tones. [17]
Coventry -memorial cross -30m07.JPG Coventry Martyrs Memorial Ringway, St Patrick's, Coventry

52°24′13″N 1°30′30″W / 52.403567°N 1.50821°W / 52.403567; -1.50821
1910 (1910) G. Maile and Sons Granite and metal Coventry City Council [2] The memorial is in the form of a Celtic wheelhead cross, mounted on a stepped plinth. [18]

Coventry Canal[edit]

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Date Artist / designer Type Material Dimensions Designation Owner / administrator Notes
WTC Gareth Jenkins B4CanalBasin 1 Jenkins.JPG
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James Brindley Coventry Canal Basin

52°24′48″N 1°30′42″W / 52.413342°N 1.511626°W / 52.413342; -1.511626
1998 (1998) James Butler Statue Bronze Coventry City Council [19]
Canal Basin Mosaic Coventry Canal Basin

52°24′48″N 1°30′44″W / 52.41347°N 1.512162°W / 52.41347; -1.512162
1997 (1997) Rosalind Wates Unglazed ceramic tiles Coventry City Council [19]
Lock Gates Foleshill roundabout, Junction 1 of the Ring Road 1997 (1997) Ondré Nowakowski Oak Coventry City Council [19]
Spring Road entrance marker, Coventry Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1016961.jpg Entry and Parapet Markers Six freestanding and four parapet markers at various locations from Canal Basin to Hawkesbury Junction 1999 (1999) Jon Mills Painted galvanised steel Coventry City Council [19]
The Journeyman - geograph.org.uk - 373237.jpg The Journeyman Leicester Row, north of Bridge No 1 1999 (1999) Stephen Hitchin Steel, cast bronze Coventry City Council [19]
Wave Seat Leicester Row, north of Bridge No 1 1998 (1998) Michael Grevatte Hornton stone Coventry City Council [19]
Daimler Heritage Marker Canalside, opposite Sandy Lane Business Park 1997 (1997) Robert Crutchley Bronze, granite Coventry City Council [2]
The Coil Adjacent to Prince William Henry Bridge 1997 (1997) Frank Triggs Sweet chestnut Coventry City Council [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Michael and the Devil". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Noszlopy, George (2003). Public Sculpture of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 0-85323-847-2. 
  3. ^ "The Enfolding". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  4. ^ "The James Starley (1830-1881) Memorial". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  5. ^ "The Thomas White (d.1566) Memorial". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  6. ^ "The People of Coventry". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  7. ^ "Phoenix". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  8. ^ "Thread Through Time". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  9. ^ "Sir Guy and the Dun Cow". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  10. ^ "Coventry Boy". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Basilica". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  12. ^ "Belgrade". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  13. ^ "Bryan Bailey sculpture restored outside Belgrade Theatre". Coventry Telegraph. 
  14. ^ "Rebuilding Coventry and the Co-op's Activities". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  15. ^ "Coventry's Industries". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  16. ^ "Growth of the City". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  17. ^ "Untitled Sculpture". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  18. ^ "The Coventry Martyrs Memorial". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g "Coventry Canal Art Trail". Retrieved August 11, 2012.