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Martlets Tree

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Queens Square
Town:Crawley
Parish:Crawley
Council:Crawley Borough Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:RH10
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Object setting:Outside building
Access is:Public
Location note:In The Martlets shopping area
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:10
Grid reference:F6
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : Richard Quinnell
     Role:Metal worker
Name : Peter Parkinson
     Role:Designer

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General Information

Commissioned by: Scottish Widows Insurance and South East Arts
Installation date:1999
Unveiling date:10/1999
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Crawley Borough Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A tall tree-like sculpture with shiny cut-out depictions of the mythological martlet loosely held onto the branches so that they move and shimmer with the breeze. At the top of the 'tree' are four penants with a cut-out pictorial design depicting symbols of Crawley's history.
Iconographical description:The Martlet is a mythical, heraldic bird that features on the crest of both Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex CountyCouncil. 'The images on the tree symbolise activities of historical importance to the prosperity of the town – iron smelting and forging from roman times agriculture – with references to pigs and geese in the domesday book and transport – from stage coaches to gatwick airport'. (Plaque)
Inscription:Plaque to east side, incised black letters on silver coloured metal:

THE MARTLETS TREE / 1999 / DESIGNED BY PETER PARKINSON / MADE BY RICHARD QUINNELL / GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY SCOTTISH WIDOWS / WITH GRANT AID FROM SOUTH-EAST ARTS / THE WORK IS A CELEBRATION OF THE HERALDIC ORIGIN OF THE STREET NAME ‘THE MARTLETS’ / THE MARTLET, A MYTHICAL HERALDIC BIRD, FEATURES ON THE 13TH CENTURY COAT OF ARMS / OF THE NORMAN De ARUNDEL FAMILY, GREAT SUSSEX LANDOWNERS, AND HENCE ON / THE COATS OF ARMS OF BOTH CRAWLEY AND WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL / THE IMAGES ON THE TREE SYMBOLISE ACTIVITIES OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE / TO THE PROSPERITY OF THE TOWN – IRON SMELTING AND FORGING FROM ROMAN TIMES / AGRICULTURE – WITH REFERENCES TO PIGS AND GEESE IN THE DOMESDAY BOOK / AND TRANSPORT – FROM STAGE COACHES TO GATWICK AIRPORT

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Classification

Categories:Heraldic, Functional, Free Standing, Sculptural, Animal
Object type1:Sculpture
Object type2:Shaft
Subject type1:Symbolic
Subject type2:Mythological
Subject type3:Figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Tree sculpture
     Material:Metal
     Width (cm):450
     Depth (cm):450
Part 2:Octagonal base with integral seating
     Material:Stone
     Width (cm):250
     Depth (cm):250

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:22/01/2008

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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