CORN KING AND SPRING QUEEN SCULPTURE AT MADGE ELECTRONICS SITE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1031590
Date first listed:
15-Apr-1998
Statutory Address:
CORN KING AND SPRING QUEEN SCULPTURE AT MADGE ELECTRONICS SITE, FRAMEWOOD ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address:
CORN KING AND SPRING QUEEN SCULPTURE AT MADGE ELECTRONICS SITE, FRAMEWOOD ROAD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District:
Buckinghamshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Wexham
National Grid Reference:
SU 99295 84189

Details

SU 98 SE WEXHAM FRAMEWOOD ROAD (east side) 411/8/10012 Corn King and Spring Queen sculpture at Madge Electronics site

II

Sculpture. 1964 by William Mitchell for the British Cement Association, originally the British Cement and Concrete Association. Bonded cast concrete sections in red and grey, with incised and applied decorations; materials stuck into concrete include ceramic, mosaic, flints and pebbles. About fourteen to fifteen feet high, in two sections. Two principal figures formed of cast pieces stuck together and decorated, with similar third figure set back and smaller, more abstract forms freestanding. The figures are primitive and totemic symbols of mythology and fertility, perhaps with a debt to native American traditions. The Corn King and Spring Queen is the most imaginative and principal surviving element of the BCA's former research station, founded at Wexham Springs in 1947 and largely demolished in 1995. The most distinguished single element of well designed grounds by Geoffrey Jellicoe, Sylvia Crowe and others which made an artistic feature of simple cladding panels, bollards and pavings, which have otherwise largely gone, it successfully demonstrates that concrete could be an imaginative medium as well as an attractive and practical one. William Mitchell specialised in the casting of concrete relief sculpture, in 1959 commissioned by the London County Council to work with architects and thereafter working with Basil Spence, Frederick Gibberd and others. This is his principal freestanding work, a piece of powerful and bizarre imagination. (The Buildings of England: Nikolaus Pevsner and Elizabeth Williamson: Buckinghamshire: 1994~: 743-4).



Listing NGR: SU9929584189

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
469099
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Williamson, E, The Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire, (1994), 743-4

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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