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Public Art in Coventry

For Civic Day 2016, our Vice Chairman Paul Maddocks researched and led a tour of some of the public art in Coventry city centre. Coventry has an amazing heritage of public art and in the run up to Coventry's City of Culture bid, the Coventry Society would like to bring it to the attention of a wider public. The following artworks were included in Paul's tour.

You can see the tour on a map here.

1. William Reid-Dick - Self Sacrifice, Lady Godiva - Bronze cast by Morris Singer

Self Sacrifice

More Information about Self Sacrifice

2. George Wagstaffe - Coventry Cross (replica of 1542)

Coventry Cross

More about the Coventry Cross

3. John Hutton - Cathedral West Screen - engraved glass

Cathedral screen

More information about the West Screen by John Hutton

4. Jacob Epstain - St. Michael and the Devel - Bronze cast by Morris Singer

Epstein - St Michael and the Devil

More information about St. Michael and the Devil by Jacob Epstein

5. Philip Bentham - Coventry Boy - Bronze cast by Morris Singer

Apprentice Boy statue

More about the Coventry Boy Statue by Philip Bentham

6. Coventry University Logo, Negus & Negus, based on David Bethel (Head of Art College 1955) - Phoenix

Coventry Univesity Logo

More about the Coventry University Logo

7. Jean Parker - The Enfolding - Bath Stone

Negur and Negur

More information about 'The Enfolding' by Jean Parker

8. Gary Galpin - Mother and Children - limestone


More about Gary Gilpan and his sculpture "Mother and Children".

9. Pictures by Colin Marsh at the Herbert

Colin Marsh - Boomtown

Read more about Colin Marsh

10. Dr. Tim Trelfall - Barra suite 5 - limestone

Mother and Child

More about Dr Tim Threlfall and Barra 5

11. John Poole - Coventry Coat of Arms

Coventry Council Logo

More about John Poole and the Coat of Arms

12. F. E. McWilliam - Portrait Figure of Elizabeth Frink - bronze 1965

Elizabeth Frink

More about the Portrait Figure of Elisabeth Frink by FE McWilliam

13. Walter Ritchie - Man's Struggle

Walter Richie sculpture

More about Walter Ritchie's "Man's Struggle"

14. Paul De Menchaux - Basilica - Purbeck, Portland limestone, Frankland grey granite


More about Basilica by Paul de Menchaux

15. Henry Wilson - Council House - Runcorn stone & Portland stone

Council House

More about Henry Wilson and his sculptures around the Council House

16. Michael Furrell - Flywheel

Michael Furrell Flywheel

More about Michael Furrell and Flywheel

17. Unknown - Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Bank

More about the sculpture on Lloyds Bank and other bank on the High Street

18. Sculpture and Metalwork motifs on the former National Provincial Bank

Doors at Nat Prov Bank

More about the sculpture at the National Provincial Bank

19. Trevor Tennant - Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom (clock)

Godiva Clock

More about Trevor Tennant's Godiva Clock

20. Trevor Tennant - The People of Coventry - Doulting stone

The People of Coventry 1  The People of Coventry 2   The People of Coventry 3  The People of Coventry 4

More about Trevor Tennant's "The People of Coventry"

21. The Martyrs Mosaic

Martyr's Mosaic

More about the Marty's Mosaic by Dick Hosking

22. Unknown - Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

More About Peeping Tom

23. William George Mitchell - Panels

Mitchell Panels

More about the William George Mitchell Panels

24. George Wagstaffe - Phoenix

Wagstaff Phoenxi

More About George Wagstaffe and the Phoenix Sculpture

25. William George Mitchell - Three Tuns - concrete

Three Tuns Coventry

Read More about The Three Tuns by William George Mitchell

26. Robert Conybear & Uta Molling - Thread Through Time - concrete rubble mix

Thread through time

More about Thread Through Time

27. Sir Guy and the Dun Cow by Alma Ramsey

Sir Guy and the Dun Cow by Alma Ramsey

More about Sir Guy and the Dun Cow by Alma Ramsey

28. Fred Millett - Locarno - Glass tiles

Fred Millett - Locarno glass panels

More about Fred Millett and the Glass Tiles at the former Locarno Ballroom

29. Neon Artwork - Lower Precinct 

Neon artwork Lower Precinct

More about the Neon Artwork in the Lower Precinct

30. Thomas Gordan Cullen - History of Coventry Tiles

Tile History of Coventry

More about the Cullen tile mural

31. John Skelton - Co-op columns

John Skelton - Coop

More about the Coop Columns by John Skelton

32. James C. Brown - Belgrade Mural

Broadgate Relief

More about the Belgrade Sculpture by Jim Brown

33. Norelle Keddie - Bryan Bailey Memorial

Brian Bailey

More about the memorial to Bryan Bailey by C. Norelle Keddie

34. Helaine Blumenfeld - Two sides of a Woman

Two sides of a woman

More about Helaine Blumenfeld, Two Sides of a Woman

Other Public Art that has been Lost or Relocated

In addition to these 34 pieces of public art, there are a number of works of public art that have graced our streets, but are no longer in situ. In particular there were a number of significant art works in Market Way and Smithford Way. Follow this link to see some of these.

There is also an art trail along the Coventry Canal.