'Wrong Sculpture' Angers R-R Trust; Ex-Workers Say Symbol Is Irrelevant to Site
Byline: PAUL BARRY
FORMER workers at a Coventry car and aero engines factory say a modern sculpture built outside homes on their old works is irrelevant to the site's history.
A metal sculpture inspired by the Rolls-Royce car badge Spirit of Ecstasy has gone up outside the Parkside houses and flats in Cheylesmore, even though the company never made cars there.
The homes are built on the site of the former Armstrong Siddeley works, which were taken over by Rolls-Royce in 1967 and closed around 1993.
David Wilson Homes, which built the houses and flats, commissioned a sculpture called Echo of Ecstasy to stand in a central square on the site.
But the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust says a sculpture of the Sphinx, the Armstrong Siddeley mascot, would have been the correct choice.
Keith Gough, vice-president of the Coventry branch of the trust, said: "Many of our members, Coventrians who used to work at Parkside, are upset and feel this is a lost opportunity to mark the history of the works.
"The sculpture is a travesty of the Spirit of Ecstasy emblem, which in any case has no relevance to the site. …