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Dreamtime
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31 of 53  Thu 3rd Nov 2016 12:36am  
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A good answer Covgirl, I can't speak for the sculpture as I am trying to fathom out if it's even the right way up ! I hope I don't look like that. There has been many sculptures of the female form but this one not very flattering. They must have thought it was well worth the money for it to stand in public. Another case of 'to each his/her own. Hey, it fills in the space. I would rather sit there and look at the birds. Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
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32 of 53  Thu 3rd Nov 2016 9:51am  
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On 2nd Nov 2016 11:08pm, covgirl said: Hi all, As a female of the species and being of a certain age where we prefer more traditional art, I have to say I think I know why it's in the bushes Roll eyes not my favourite sculpture that's for sure... as to two sides of a woman, I was always lead to believe this refers to the roles of wife and mother, but I could be wrong.
Brill!
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NormK
33 of 53  Thu 3rd Nov 2016 10:53am  
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covgirl
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34 of 53  Thu 3rd Nov 2016 7:23pm  
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If we have more than one side it's so that there is more for our men to love Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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35 of 53  Fri 4th Nov 2016 12:06pm  
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A view of the construction work, taken from the opposite side to the image in #13 above and a wider view from Upper Well Street (or Fretton Street Wink)
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NeilsYard
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36 of 53  Fri 4th Nov 2016 9:20pm  
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On 11th Sep 2016 11:06am, Annewiggy said: Came across this paper, as usual looking for something else! It was written by Northamptonshire Archaeology about Belgrade Plaza 2005-2007 (pity they spelt it as BELGRAGE). It is a bit long winded but the maps are interesting. Also the names of early Coventry families who lived in the area. Neil may be interested as there is mention of Yardleys living in the area from 14th to 16th century. It would be great if I could link to these as it would take my family back in Coventry another 200 years! A lot more research to do. Archaeology at Belgrade Plaza 2005-2007
Wow yes great find Anne Big grin Alot of reading but very interesting to see of more 'Yardleys'!! We get everywhere!! Not heard of 'de Yardley' though but as mentioned before we are a very long standing family name within Coventry. I'm back to about 1780 and my lads are at least 7th generation Coventrians (although they started life in Berkswell but I'll keep that quiet!) Edited by member, 4th Nov 2016 9:20 pm
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Kaga simpson
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37 of 53  Thu 15th Dec 2016 10:01am  
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On 2nd Nov 2016 7:29pm, Midland Red said: As I was "visiting Coventry" today, I thought this would be an appropriate place to ask this question: How much did it cost "The City of Coventry" to acquire this in 1986? Roll eyes Oh, and why is it hidden away amongst the bushes? Roll eyes And, for the ladies . . . . . just what are "the two sides of a woman"? Oh my
Either the woman got the sculpture wrong, or she's not from Coventry, Coventry was always known as having lovely girls, and it truly did in my day, that piece of metal looks like the morning after the night before, a piece of junk. As for two sides to a woman, yes, good and even better.
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flapdoodle
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38 of 53  Sat 17th Dec 2016 12:08am  
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I suppose you think the works of Henry Moore are 'junk' as well? Maybe if you don't like abstract art you should really just not say anything instead of dismissing it as junk?
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Kaga simpson
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39 of 53  Sat 17th Dec 2016 9:29am  
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Flapdoodle, then educate me, explain where the word 'woman' fits in with that piece of metal. When I first saw that photo, I did a double take, and stared hard, it reminded me so much of a chunk of twisted metal in Foleshill Road, except it wasn't quiet as jagged, the reason for the jagged edge was because about six foot of tram line had been torn off of it and dumped some way away, but the twisted metal left in the road was close to looking like that piece. I believe there was a picture taken by the Telegraph, shouldn't be hard to find - close to the old tram depot and Lythalls Lane entrance.
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Helen F
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40 of 53  Sun 18th Dec 2016 1:02pm  
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Kaga has a point. He's explained why he doesn't appreciate the statue but you haven't expanded on why you do. I agree that we can't live in the past but we must make sure we don't swap old for new, simply because it's new. Personally I don't get Henry Moore sculptures either and am in no way impressed by the event of him being famous. That doesn't mean I don't like modern art or might not find one of his sculptures that appeals to me. I like some modern art so much I buy it but I'd never get just anything because someone told me it was good or valuable. My parents bought Ercol in the 60s and early 70s when it was in fashion and expensive. I bought it pre-loved in the 90s when it was out of fashion and cheap. Now even the second hand stuff is more expensive than I'd want to pay. The furniture is still the same, it's the wider perception that's varied. And although my home is full of old furniture, nobody would say it was anything but a modern style. We know what we like and why. What about you Flapdoodle? Incidentally, artistically I don't like the statue of Lady Godiva but I do quite like the metal sheets at the Herbert. But I do recognise why people would feel the exact opposite. Edited by member, 18th Dec 2016 1:15 pm
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AD
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41 of 53  Sun 18th Dec 2016 2:20pm  
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I think the point being made was as abstract art it was not a reflection on the actual form of a woman. In any case, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what one person sees as an extremely beautiful woman another may not like at all. Besides, the piece was not commissioned for Coventry and was merely purhased, so the beauty of Coventry women in particular had absolutely no place in the artists mind when they made it. There's an almost identical piece in NY and others of the same name but of differing forms and materials over a 40 year period. Personally, I'm not a fan, but I prefer renaissance art to modern/abstract and in public I prefer to see things like reliefs adorning blank and unused wall space rather than on plinths using up floor space.
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Dreamtime
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42 of 53  Sun 18th Dec 2016 5:09pm  
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Personally, I think it looks like something that's dropped from outer space, and to call it a woman I consider that an insult. Just my humble opinion of course and we all have our own. Roll eyes I hate to think what her other works look like, especially the male version. Oh my
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Midland Red
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43 of 53  Sun 18th Dec 2016 5:55pm  
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I doubt you would be able to tell them apart, Dreamtime Roll eyes
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Dreamtime
44 of 53  Mon 19th Dec 2016 1:54am  
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Midland Red
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45 of 53  Fri 16th Feb 2018 4:39pm  
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City Village, viewed along Bond Street, on 25 Mar 2016 and today (pretty, isn't it!) Oh my
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