Public art in Swindon: How the Mighty Fall

‘How the Mighty Fall 1989 – Artist: Tim Sandys-Renton. Material: Cast Aluminium, Cast Iron. Commissioned by Thamesdown Borough Council through the Percent for Art Policy’

In the first post of this series I wrote about the statue of Diana Dors outside the cinema at Shaw Ridge. The next statue my friend and I examined on the walk was ‘How the Mighty Fall’.

 Like all the sculptures on this trail it was installed in the mid-late 1980s when the area was being developed.

The blurb we used on the walk describes the sculpture as inviting the observer to transport themselves into the future and view it as an archeological artefact from the 20th century. Which of course is somewhat the reality for it now …

Located on one of the many superb big green spaces that West Swindon features, it’s quite easy to forget that one is in the middle of a big conurbation. It needs little imagination to see the artist’s intention for the sculpture as a relic of a long gone civilization.

I really rather liked this piece of artwork – it’s definitely one of my favourites of the set.  Certainly it brings transport to mind. From the initial approach it looks rather like an aeroplane that has crash-landed.

Viewed from behind it reminded me of some sort of carriage type conveyance with the ‘body’ of the carriage in the middle and the wheels either side. From one side there appears to be an impression of a face screaming – the eponymous mighty falling perhaps?  In fact, whatever angle you look at it you see something new and thought provoking.

You don’t have to like a piece of art to find it interesting. But I did like this one. A lot.  But hey – don’t take my word for it – go and have a look for yourself and see what you make of it.

So far then, we were pleased to find two on the list still in existence.  But how many more of them did we find? And, more to the point, given the passage of time since they were installed, what sort of condition did we find them in? The rest of the posts reveal all.

See all my writings about the West Swindon Sculpture walk here.