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Public Art that is not there any more

Between Shelton Square and Smithford Way there have been many public works of art that are no longer there. Some were only intended as temporary features, whilst others have been moved to other places or put into store. Most were commissioned as the result of competitions organised by the City Planning Committee and the Coventry College of Art.

The first to be featured is this Untitled sculpture by Geoffrey Greetham. It was in the form of a welded box section outside the Canadian Fur shop in Market Way and was there from 1965 to 1974. It was climbed on by many a small child but it was moved to enable some maple trees to be planted which were donated by the Fur shop. It was last seen near the scrap metal pile in the City Engineers Depot. The original light steel full size Art College model is currently in the grounds of Exhall Grange School.

Untitled by Geoffrey Greetham

Untitled by Geoffrey Greetham

A bit further along Market Way was this sculpture "Abstract Forms" by Elizabeth Greenwood. It consisted of three differently shaped large crescent shaped stones, each one balanced on top of the other. This was again commissioned by the City Planning Committee and the Art College in 1961, under the direction of the new City Architect Arthur Ling.  It was removed when Coventry Point was being built. Its current whereabouts are not known.

Abstract form - Elizabeth Greenwood

Abstract Forms by Elizabeth Greenwood

Further along Market Way was the "Phoenix" by George Wagstaffe, but this was moved to the bottom of Hertford Street.

In Smithford Way there was the "Civic Sculpture" by Ted Atkinson, in front of the Locarno Dance Hall (which is now the Central Library). This was a commission by the Planning Committee and Marks and Spencer Ltd. in 1965. Ted Atkinson was a tutor at the Coventry College of Art. The funding had taken a long time coming; almost twelve years. It was originally started by Donald Gibson in the 1950's. There were three elements to the work, consisting of three standing shapes. The central standing shape, which was tall and slender, was damaged and has been lost but the other two figures are now in storage.

Civic Sculpture by Ted Atkinson

Civic Sculpture by Ted Atkinson in storage

Also in Smithford Way was "Divide Column" by Christina Lewis. This was also a commission by the City Planning Committee and the City Art College in 1961. Unfortunately it got badly weather damaged; it was made from wire mesh and resin which was made to look like stone but it soon started to fall apart. It was taken away after a few years and its whereabouts are not known.

Divide Column by Christina Lewis

"Divide Column" by Christina Lewis

The 'Enfolding' by Jean Parker was also in Smithford Way but it was moved along with 'Mother and Children' by Gary Galpin to the outside of the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

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