More details about the artwork in the Art Trail

1. Lock Gates (1997) by Ondré Nowakowski

The Lock Gates feature as the landmark piece of artwork and is based upon the theme of the home for the canal combined with the gateway to the canal using life size lock gates as a symbolic entrance. The design, prepared from traditional materials (oak and steel) incorporates an image of a house. “The Lock Gates” is situated alongside the inner ring road adjacent to the canal basin and renovated warehouses.

Location: On the verge between Leicester Row and Junction 1, the Ring Road.


2. James Brindley (1998) by James Butler

The 1¼ size cast bronze statue depicts James Brindley pouring over plans at a desk. Although originally selected to survey and engineer the Coventry canal he was dismissed in less than a year by the Canal company. James Butler is a well known sculptor and other works include bronzes of President Kenyetta, Reg. Harris OBE and the Soldier (Green Howards D-Day Memorial at Crepon Normandy).

Location: Coventry Canal Basin Promontory.


3. City Basin Mosaic (1997) by Rosalind Wates

The mosaic design incorporates features of the Coventry Canal as well as of Coventry itself. They include depictions of local industry past and present together with the emblems of the city and local canal related groups. The mosaic is inset into the pavement between the old coal vaults, now a Tapas Bar, and northern arm of the basin.

Location: Coventry Canal Basin, adjacent to the coal vaults.


4. The Journeyman (1999) by Stephen Hitchin

The Journeyman depicts the range of tools used by the “Navies” in the construction of the canal, mounted on a decorated cast bronze column. The sculpture is to be found immediately north of bridge No. 1.

Location: North of Bridge No. 1, Leicester Row (outside the Canal Basin).


5. Wavy Seat (1998) by Michael Grevatte

Undulating stone seat which echoes the flow of water in the canal. The seat is situated about 50 meters north of bridge No.1.

Location: North of Bridge No. 1, Leicester Row.


6. Daimler Heritage Marker (1997) by Robert Crutchley

A bronze sculpture of a Daimler car and two figures to commemorate Britain’s first production car. It is to be found opposite the Sandy Lane Business Park on the site of the original Daimler works.

Location: Opposite Sandy former Daimler Factory Powerhouse.


7. Cable Bridges (1998/9) by Andrew Darke

Painted treatments to existing cable bridge structures.

Location: Adjacent to former power station, Sandy Lane.


8. The Coil (1997) by Frank Triggs

A dual level sculptured seat from timber in the form of a giant mooring capstan and coiled ropes.

Location: Adjacent to Prince William Henry Bridge.


9. Fish Seats (1997) by Kate Turner of Arts Exchange with Children from Eagle Street Play Centre.

Three rolled metal and enamel painted seats in the shape of fish. The seats are brightly coloured and secured to the railings.

Location: Leicester Causeway.


10. Waterwall (1995) by Kate Turner, Tim Pryke, Dave Cooper AND Lizzie Murphy (all of Arts Exchange) with members of the local community.

Ceramic and concrete mural depicting canal and towpath scenes. The mural is attached to the canal embankment wall in Leicester Causeway and can only be seen from the roadway.

Location: Along the boundary wall at Leicester Causeway.


11. Reflections (AKS-E-KAAENAAT) (1996) by Bhajan Junjan and Naida Hussein of Arts Exchange with the Muslim ladies group at the Al-Nisa Centre.

Ceramic and concrete painted panels on bridge No4. The mural is attached to the bridge parapet and can only be seen from the roadway.

Location: The inner parapet of Priestley’s Bridge, Stoney Stanton Road.


12. Fish Railings (1997) by Jonathon Ford, Lizzie Murphy, Janet Vaughan, Tania Mathews, Lorella Medici and Dave Cooper of Arts Exchange with local groups.

Sculptural metal fish shapes attached to railings, all brightly painted.

Location: Trentham Road / Freehold Street Pocket Park.


13. Snake In The Grass (1997) by Jonathon Ford, Lizzie Murphy, Janet Vaughan, Tania Mathews, Lorella Medici and Dave Cooper of Arts Exchange with local groups.

Sculptural seating in the form of a snake made up of a ceramic mosaic and coloured cement.

Location: Trentham Road / Freehold Street Pocket Park.


14a. Seats By The Water (1998) by Avtarjeet Dhanjal

A half moon seat round a seat/table with inscription.

Location: Swan Lane Pocket Park, adjacent to Red Lane Bridge and Swan Lane.

14b. The Traveller And The Stream (1998) by Avtarjeet Dhanjal

Pathway linking 2 major and 3 minor carvings in stone, representing a traveller and his interaction with his waterside environment.

Location: Swan Lane Pocket Park, adjacent to Red Lane Bridge and Swan Lane.


15. Woman Scurrying (1999) by Mark Tilley

Steel Sculpture of a woman in traditional narrow boat costume scurrying along the road.

Location: Approach to Red Lane footbridge, off Waterman Road.


16. The Navigator (1999) by Charles Quick

Solar powered “LIGHT” sculpture under bridge No.6. The light display is triggered by passing pedestrians and boats.

Location: Navigation Bridge, tunnel, Stoney Stanton Road.


17. Children Playing (1999) by Mark Tilley

Galvanised steel figures of three canal children playing.

Location: Grass bank adjacent to Navigation Bridge, Stoney Stanton Road.


18/19. Spring Road Pocket Park (1996) by Loella Medici, Corinna Spencer and children from Little Heath school. Incorporating “The Foxy” by Lizzie Murphy and Sara Hedley of Arts Exchange and Children from Foxford School.

“Chess Board” paving and mosaic at ground level and ornamental railings. The underside of adjacent bridge No.7 is painted with a mural depicting life on the canal.

Location: Spring Road, adjacent to the bridge.


20. Pipe Work Bench (1997) by Mary Jane Opie

Sculptural seating from coloured steel pipes, inspired by the piping of the chemical factory opposite.

Location: Courtauld’s Pocket Park, Old Church Road.


21. The “Crash” (2000) Mural by Splinter Arts and Local Children.

Mural painted with car spray paint. (boundary improvement).

Location: Towpath at New Inn Bridge.


22. The Stone Sofa (1997) by Tim Shutter

Stone sculptural seat of a sofa with oars on a raft, inspired by construction seen on the canal locally.

Location: Lady Lane footbridge.


23. The Bridge That Flows (1998) by Michael Fairfax

Wooden heritage marker, celebrating the architecture of the canal.

Location: Hollybush Lane, off Longford Road.


24. Wall Walk (1995) by Arts Exchange and Children from Foxford School with the Muslim ladies group at the Al-Nisa Centre.

A linear undulating climbable timber wave feature fashioned from fence posts of varying heights situated on the line of the old Oxford canal opposite The Canal Boat public house.

Location: Opposite the Canal Boat public house, near Hollybush Lane, Longford.


25. Folding Wedges (1998) by Jim Partridge

A pair of oak benches, inspired by canal lock gate balance beams.

Location: Access from Hollybush Lane, off Longford Road.


26. Hawkesbury Lock Bench (1997) by Will Glanfield

Oak bench, inspired by lock gate construction, with fish motifs carved into the armrests.

Location: Alongside towpath approaching Hawkesbury Junction.


27. Wings Over Water (2000) by Walenty Pytel

Steel sculpture of swan wings outstretched, kingfishers and fish on the north-facing railings, smaller flatter sculpture of herons and fish on the south-facing railings of footbridge.

Location: On railings on former mineral railway bridge near to Hawkesbury Junction.

Canal Entry Markers by Jon Mills

Six free standing and four bridge parapet markers, in steel, each of a different design and including reminiscences from local people about the canal. They are designed to draw attention to the canal by incorporating pictorial displays of local folk lore and past events.