'The Pace of Recovery' - Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK.
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The sculpture called 'The Pace of Recovery' portrays a flying swan, and is located on a mini-roundabout at the junction of Festival Way and Marina Drive at the entrance to the Festival Retail Park in Stoke-on-Trent.
Waymark Code: WM147AD
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 05/05/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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This stainless steel sculpture called 'The Pace of Recovery' by Francis Gomila portrays a flying swan and was commissioned by St Modwens Properties PLC.

It is located on mini-roundabout at the junction of Festival Way and Marina Drive in the Etruria area of Stoke-on-Trent.
The area formerly housed a steelworks and has now been redeveloped as a retail and leisure park.

"The swan is mounted on a tall plinth that slopes at an angle of about 40 degrees. It is depicted with outstretched neck and wings, as if rising from the water into the air.

The swan appears on the logo of St Modwens Properties Ltd, the property development corporation responsible for purchasing the formerly derelict site on which the 1986 Garden Festival was mounted and which has since developed the area for retail, entertainment and light industry. The sculpture symbolises 'the successful regeneration that has been achieved at Festival Park"
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A stone plaque mounted on a brick plinth at the side of the roundabout is inscribed as follows:-

29TH MARCH 1994

"Francis Gomila (Sculptor, b. 1954)
Gomila was the founder and director of Fine Rats International, an artist-led cooperative that enlivened gritty urban locations with sculptures and installations between 1989 and 1993.
Although Gibraltar-born, the artist moved to the UK mainland in 1973 and has since produced his most memorable work there; acclaimed pieces include “The Pace of Recovery” – a stainless steel flying swan mounted on a plinth in Stoke-on-Trent – and “Waiting for Halley’s Comet to Pass”, a flowing circle of metal figures near Birmingham that Gomila has said represents the uncertainty of our times. The artist currently lives in Newcastle." SOURCE: (visit link)
Title of Piece: 'The Pace of Recovery'

Artist: Francis Gomila

Material/Media: Stainless Steel

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Festival Park roundabout

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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