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The Golden Tree

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:High Street
Town:Crawley
Parish:Crawley
Council:Crawley Borough Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:RH10
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Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:South end of High Street at junction with Ifield Road
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 : Joss Smith
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Construction period:2006
Installation date:2006
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Crawley Borough Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A sculpture in three sections; a base representing an acorn cup; a central black granite plinth surmounted by a bronze axe-shaped sculpture atop of which are depicted two crows.
Iconographical description:'The artwork stands on the site of the town’s old market cross at a time when Crawley was an ancient junction and market place within the Weald covered once by dense Forests. The charcoal from these forests was used to create early iron tools such as the axe head depicted within the bronze section of the sculpture many of which have been found locally.(plaque) The black Granite Anvil represents the local history of iron working in the area. The base is a York Sandstone Acorn cup to depict the Jurassic limestone under the area and the fact that Crawley was once forest. The sculpture is topped by two crows to remind us that Crawley was originally called Crow Lea – a place of crows.
Inscription:Plaque to south face, in front of sculpture:

GOLDEN TREE
JOSS SMITH – 2006
The artwork stands on the site of the town’s old market cross at a time when Crawley
was an ancient junction and market place within the Weald covered once by dense
Forests.
The charcoal from these forests was used to create early iron tools such as the axe
head depicted within the bronze section of the sculpture many of which have been
found locally.
The black Granite Anvil represents the local history of iron working in the area.
The base is a York Sandstone Acorn cup to depict the Jurassic limestone under the
area and the fact that Crawley was once forest.
The sculpture is topped by two crows to remind us that Crawley was originally called
Crow Lea – a place of crows.

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Free Standing, Composite, Animal
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Group
Subject type2:Symbolic

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Object Parts

Part 1:Pedestal
     Material:Black granite
     Height (cm):87
     Width (cm):74
     Depth (cm):74
Part 2:Sculpture (including crows)
     Material:Bronze
     Height (cm):290
     Width (cm):160
     Depth (cm):60
Part 3:Acorn cup base
     Material:York Sandstone
     Height (cm):49
     Width (cm):187
     Depth (cm):187

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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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