Sentinel Scheme

The Chester Road sculpture is a much loved and major landmark in Birmingham. Situated by Junction 5 of the M6 next to the Castle Vale Housing Estate; it is a significant gateway into the city. The sculpture features 3 half size spitfires in profiled aluminium peeling off in three directions. Each cantilever beam supporting the spitfires is approximately 25 metres in length and rise to a height of 15 metres.


The artist Tim Tolkien was commissioned to create the sculpture as part of the AIR public art programme scheme that Cantoo was managing and for which Tim was the lead artist.


Sentinel - Spitfire Sculpture

Client : Birmingham City Council

Timescale : 1997 - 2000


Artist : Tim Tolkien

Fabricator : RECO Engineering

Mild steel HDG, acid etched, aluminium sheet spitfires