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Wolverton Road, Dudley - Theme: Ancient and Geological History
The Hand - John Muvaney

Adjacent to the housing estate at Wolverton Road is a special trail of small scale artworks. They are designed to be accessible for local people.The sculptures are based on fossils.



The Hand - by John Mulvaney

This giant hand cast from aluminum sweeping the ground, perhaps to represent the hand of an archaeologist, was designed by Staffordshire based artist John Mulvaney.

John Mulvaney, also organised a competition for local school children to come up with an idea for him to carve as an object for the hand to "find". A kind of stone "time machine" was the result which you can find sat near the hand.

Living Fossil - Natasha Carsberg

Natasha Carsberg responded to the given topic of 'ancient time' by creating sculptures based on a fossil. The triffid-like sculpture is described by her as a 'living fossil'.

The bright colours are an attempt to remind the viewer that all fossils were once living things.

Spiral fossil - Michael Konu

Michael Konu, who trained at Wolverhampton School of Art and Design, carved this limestone spiral form, reminiscent of a gastropod (snail). He explains: "The spiral shape symbolises the cycle of life. The way living things are made from elements and minerals, and when they die they become elements and minerals again…."

The gilding on one side represents the valuable resources that have been discovered in and around the Black Country.

Greek Labyrinth - Jim Buhcanan

Maze expert Jim Buchanan of Scotland has cleverly used soil from the road building to make a mound with a spiral path that provides dramatic views of Dudley Castle. At the top is an artificial boulder inlaid with a relief of the original 'Greek Labyrinth' pattern. A good place from which to view the changing face of the Black Country.

Standing Stone - Jon Vaughan

John Vaughan of Wednesbury, who has spent a lot of time in Romania created a 'standing stone' partly inspired by the work of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

Sunburst - Mike Lyons

Just by the path to the dramatic red footbridge bridge, international artist Mike Lyons created the powerful bright 'JCB yellow' sculpture. It is an abstraction of a section of rock strata from the area, also reminiscent of a sunburst.

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Dudley's Millennium Sculpture Trail full picture gallery

Living Fossil-
Natasha Carsberg
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Spiral fossil - Michael Konu
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Greek Labyrinth - Jim Buhcanan
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Standing Stone - Jon Vaughan
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Sunburst - Mike Lyons
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