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The statue of Josiah Wedgwood at the Festival Site - Etruria 

the rear of Etruria Hall and the brick statue of Josiah Wedgwood I
the rear of Etruria Hall and the brick statue of Josiah Wedgwood I
The Festival Site, Etruria, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent


This 10ft high, red brick sculpture of Wedgwood's face once took pride of place at the Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival of 1986. 

In Dec 2009 (after 23 years in storage) the statue was moved to near the site of Josiah Wedgwood's home, Etruria Hall, now part of a hotel, and it is also close to where he built his Etruria factory in 1769. 

"CAPO" - sculptor: Vincent Woropay

"......... Capo, made in 1986 for the National Garden Gestival, Stoke-on-Trent. This is a colossal head of Josiah Wedgewood carved out of extra-large bricks, but, like a slave by Michelangelo, never quite emerging from the material. 

It makes one feel that Wedgewood must still be something of an edifice in the potteries, and then leads one to think about clay - how one bit ends up in the Victoria and Albert Musem and another in a civic wall."


the statue viewed from Festival Way

photos: March 2010


more on Wedgwood's Etruria Factory


The frontage of Wedgwood's Etruria Hall
(now a listed building and part of a hotel complex)


Rear of the Hall

photos: Jan 2010

more on Etruria Hall


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