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Spear and Estuary by Keir Smith

Spear and Estuary by Keir Smith

Reclaimed oak ship's timbers with metal fittings in two pieces Presented to the University of Warwick in 1990 by the sculptor in memory of his brother Christopher Smith, a former student at the University from 1979 to 1983. The timbers from this sculpture came from a ship's graveyard on the North Kent coast. The sculptor made use of the timber's decay and rusty iron fittings in the production of his piece. 'Spear and Estuary' was part of the 'Navigator' series produced by Keir Smith in 1983-4. Also in this series are the carved railway sleepers which also belong to the University of Warwick. The 'Navigator' described aspects of the landscape along the Thames estuary, where Smith spent his childhood.