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Georgian, Nanny Face, Conehead and Flowerpot Man

Various sculptors
1995

Bath /  Georgian, Nanny Face, Conehead and Flowerpot Man   Bath /  Georgian, Nanny Face, Conehead and Flowerpot Man

Description

Stone sculpture group of four pieces supporting the unfinishe steel canopy of the loading bay of the Natural Theatre Company. All sculptures are based on the Natural Theatre’s best-known street theatre and stage characters. Flowerpot Man is the company’s unofficial trademark. Its jacket and hands were modelled on a photo of Prince Charles. Georgian and Nanny Face are two brackets either side of the lift door. The carvings serve as structural supports for an unfinished steel canopy/loading bay that was meant to have a glazed roof but funding ran out.

Bath - Georgian, Nanny Face, Conehead and Flowerpot Man
Flowerpot Man
a man standing in jacket and suit, his hands folded in front of his body with a flowerpot in place of a head.
Bath - Georgian, Nanny Face, Conehead and Flowerpot Man
Conehead
a face with an open mouth and a long conical, bold head.

Bath - Georgian, Nanny Face, Conehead and Flowerpot Man
Georgian
a face with curly hair, a mole on the chin, wearing a carnival mask covering his eyes.
Bath - Georgian, Nanny Face, Conehead and Flowerpot Man
Nanny Face
a face with a covered head, tight lips, wearing round glasses looking straight at the viewer with a stern expression.

The sculptures, carved by trainee masons, were unveiled in 1995 by Don Foster when the Natural Theatre Company’s building officially opened. It was re-unveiled ten years later by Don Foster accompanied by Ralph Oswick’s famous character Lady Margaret after being repaired.

Signature

(around the base of the Flowerpot man) N. Rose     M. Plow     M. Ford     K. Friedrich     B. Holden     T. Jennings

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Location (N 51°22'34" - W 2°21'8")

Item Code: gbsw096; Photograph: 22 March 2019
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