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Cuilfail Spiral

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Location

Street:Cuilfail Tunnel Roundabout
Town:Lewes
Parish:Lewes
Council:Lewes District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN7
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Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:North end of Cuilfail Tunnel in the middle of the roundabout.
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:115
Grid reference:L5
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 : Peter Randall-Page
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: East Sussex County Council & South East Arts
Commissioned also by: Mountfield Roadstone Ltd.
Installation date:1983
Unveiling date:03/10/1983
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Lewes Town Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A spiral form constructed from seven pieces of Portland Stone set on a brick plinth that forms part of the roundabout at the entrance to the tunnel.
Iconographical description:The design is suggestive of an ammonite or snail - ammonite fossils are found in the surrounding chalk cliffs.
Inscription:On the brick wall on Phoenix Causeway, opposite the sculpture, a bronze plaque:

SCULPTURE BY PETER RANDALL-PAGE
CUILFAIL SPIRAL
UNVEILED ON
3RD OCTOBER 1983
BY
J.R. LOVILL C.B.E.
CHAIRMAN - ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY COUNCILS
MEMBER - EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

COMMISSIONED BY EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL
SOUTH EAST ARTS
MOUNTFIELD ROADSTONE LTD.

THE SPIRAL RELATES TO THE FOSSIL FORMS FOUND IN THE CHALK THROUGH WHICH THE TUNNEL PASSES

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Animal, Roadside / Wayside, Free Standing, Abstract
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Plinth (integral to roundabout)
     Material:Brick
     Height (cm):60
Part 2:Sculpture
     Material:Portland stone
     Width (cm):360

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:23/05/2007

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History

History:The Cuilfail Tunnel was opened on 1 December 1980 by P.E.P. Gladwin D.S.C, Chairman of East Sussex County Council.

'Cuilfail' is Celtic for 'Paul's Retreat', named by its developer Isaac Vinall after a holiday hillside near Oban.
(Historic Lewes)
Hard archive file:No

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'Historic Lewes'
     Type:Book
     Author:Gammon, Andy.
     Date:00/00/1995
     Publisher:Lewes Town Council.

Source 2 :
     Title:'Open Air Sculpture of Britain: A Comprehensive Guide'
     Type:Book
     Author:Strachan, W.J.
     Date:00/00/1984
     Publisher:A.Zwemmer Ltd. & Tate Gallery. London.


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Date: 23/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 23/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 23/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 23/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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