Above picture shows one of John McKenna's Sunbeam bronze panels, scroll below navigation bar for more.
Right a bronze panel depicting the 1930 land speed record attempt by Kay Don attempt in the 'Silver Bullet. Wolverhampton played a key part in the development of the British Motor industry. Many famous names were manufactured there:- Sunbeam, AJS, Briton, Clyno and Star. The series of panels commemorate the exploits of the three racing heroes, Sir Malcolm Campbell, Sir Henry Segrave, and on the right, Kaye Don. Sculptor John McKenna created the sculpture working from design drawings by artist associate Steve Field of the Dudley Public Arts, to produce these dynamic bronze panels, cast using the lost wax bronze casting method.
The Star Lady emblem was a mascot that was positioned on the bonnet at the front of Star Cars.
This tower photo on left holds a large cast aluminium version, a homage to the site where the Star cars were made.
Below a smaller version and the full size work of the star lady which were attached to railings surrounding the new development. Cast in Aluminium at C&J Castings Coventry.
Sunbeam Land Speed record attempts as cast bronze panel Artwork for St. John's Retail Park, at Wolverhampton.
The Saint Johns Retail Park is built upon the former site of the Star cars factory and is close to the Sunbeam factory, from which came several cars built to test the land speed record.
Above panel depicts Sir Malcolm Campbell, racing driver at Pendine sands, land speed record attempt 1925. He achieved a record speed of 301 mph a decade later. The 2m by 3m bronze relief panel, featured above, is sited at St Johns Retail Park Wolverhampton.
This panel was designed by Steve Field and modelled John McKenna and his assistant sculptors, cast in bronze by Castle Fine Art foundry.
Wolverhampton played a key part in the development of the British Motor industry. Many famous names were manufactured there:- Sunbeam, AJS, Briton, Clyno and Star. These makes were leaders in the field comparable with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz today.
Wolverhampton. Große Reliefpaneele in Bronze für ein Einzelhandelsunternehmen, Wolverhampton.