2014

NS3174 : Sir Stanley Spencer sculpture

taken 10 years ago, near to Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland

Sir Stanley Spencer sculpture
Sir Stanley Spencer sculpture
This new simple sculpture by the Glen Burn outside the new B & Q store at Port Glasgow commemorates the key dates in the life of Stanley Spencer who spent time working on this spot as a war artist during WWII when the Port Glasgow shipyards were at their peak. The title and artist are unknown.

See also NS3174 : Sir Stanley Spencer sculpture.

The inscription reads as follows...

Sir Stanley Spencer

Sir Stanley Spencer was one of several Wartime Artists
commissioned to document the war effort during World War II
and is widely regarded as a Leading Artist of the 20th Century.

The time line below shows selected key dates in his life and
the time he spent documenting the war effort in Port Glasgow.

1891 - Born 30th June in Cookham-on-Thames, Berkshire

1907 - Began to study Art at Maidenhead Technical Institute

1908 - Attended Slade School of Art in London

1939 - War Artists Advisory Committee commissioned
Spencer to paint the Port Glasgow shipyards to
boost the morale of the Ship Building Industry and
its Workers who were playing a crucial role in
Supporting the War Effort

1940 - Travels to Port Glasgow to work at Lithgow's Ship
Yards. He fills innumerable sketchbooks with
ideas for a complete series of paintings
detailing the activities of the yard

1945 - Celebrates Port Glasgow in his 'Resurrection'
Series (originally planned as a single painting
15M wide) whose central image 'The Hill of
Zion" was inspired by the shape of the hill
upon which sits Port Glasgow Cemetery.

1950 - Awarded the CBE.

1958 - Awarded a Knighthood and elected
Associate of the Royal College of Art.

1959 - Died 14th December at the Canadian
War Memorial Hospital, Taplow,
Buckinghamshire

Inspiration
These panels have been commissioned to
celebrate the life and works of the
Wartime Artist Stanley Spencer CBE.

The steel plates represent both the work of
the Artist and the Ship Building Industry of
Port Glasgow. Their shapes take inspiration
from one of Spencer's most significant
works entitled 'Burners', painted in 1940.
It depicts Ship Workers 'burning' or
cutting steel plates before they are
riveted together.
Site of Scott Lithgow's Glen and Kingston shipyards

Scott Lithgow's Glen and Kingston yards stood between Anderson Street and the Greenock boundary.

The east end of the vast site is occupied by a Tesco superstore. The west end (west of the realigned A8 dual carriageway) is now a housing estate which is still being developed at the time of writing in September 2013.

The central part of the site, east and west of the Glen Burn, has been in a brownfield state for many years, but is now being developed, with a B & Q store and a drive-through Costa Coffee currently under construction. This construction work required temporary realignment of the Glen Burn.

At the time of writing, one of the main Glen Yard gateways and a section of the perimeter wall still stand at Belhaven Street (which is now an overgrown cul-de-sac), although the gate is a wire mesh construction and not the original bright red solid design that I recall from the 70s and 80s. A few bricked-up "clocking-in" gates also survive. A fading hand-written sign showing the way to "Scotts" can also be seen.

Inverclyde sculptures

Inverclyde District, on the south bank of the Firth of Clyde, is home to many modern sculptures, many of which were commissioned by the local Urban Regeneration Company Riverside Inverclyde LinkExternal link to brighten up and help delineate the approaches to the towns of Port Glasgow, Greenock and Gourock.

Other significant sculptures can be found along the Clyde waterfront and also on National Cycle Network Routes 75 and 753 which run through the district.

In addition to these modern sculptures, there are a number of more traditional statues to be found, including one of the District's most famous son, James Watt.


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Thomas Nugent   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 28 June, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 1 July, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3147 7480 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.1975N 4:41.9790W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3147 7478
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