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The Sentinal (Spitfire Island)

Spitfire Island, Birmingham, England
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It is just phenomenal

Driven past this sculpture loads of times...finally got a chance to look closely as someone else... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MrsBsTravels
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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art on a roundabout

This display livens up an otherwise boring suburban roundabout. Drove around it a couple of times... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Stephen S
,
Kent, England
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Spitfire Island, Birmingham, England
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"busy roundabout"
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"impressive sculpture"
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"shopping centre"
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"jaguar"
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"iconic"
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"driver"
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"commemorating"
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"memorial"
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"fort"
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"reminder"
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"art"
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"monument"
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"council"
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"manufacturing"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Driven past this sculpture loads of times...finally got a chance to look closely as someone else was driving! The sculpture is just wonderful. Really commemorates the wonder of the spitfire and how hard it worked for us in ww2. Love the way the sculpture has...More

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Reviewed May 3, 2018

This display livens up an otherwise boring suburban roundabout. Drove around it a couple of times then stopped and took a picture. Don't go out your way but look out for it if you're in the area.

Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

I went to opening the sculpture. It's outside the Jaguar car plant were the Spitfire was produced. The sculptor, J.R.R. Tolkien's grandson, I believe, opens the commemorative sculpture. Is huge, I think the Spitfires are almost full size. I pass it quite often and I...More

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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

Need to view it at a walk as it is a busy roundabout and you wouldn’t be able to see it well driving. Council needs to do better at taking care of the roundabout as the weeds take away from the view!

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Reviewed October 10, 2017

The significance of the memorial is rather lost as you drive around the island...This particular area of Birmingham was synonymous with the building, manufacturing and supply of part to the fleet of aircart during the second world war. A modest testament to the people evolved...More

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Reviewed September 9, 2017

Living in the area gives me lots of opportunities to pass this impressive sculpture of the iconic Spitfire. Positioned in the centre of a roundabout on a major road makes it tricky for a driver to fully appreciate the flowing forms of the piece nevertheless...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

A lovely piece of art work dedicated to the Spitfire. Just unfortunate in the middle of a very busy roundabout so the driver can't really appreciate it.

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

An impressive spitfire monument mounted on a roundabout. I wish they would paint it as currently it is just being left to oxidise. I pass it many times as I drive past.

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Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

During my working day, I pass this steel structure a number of times and there is historical significance to the reason it is there. Not only does it mark where the gates to the airfield was, but the Jaguar plant next to actually made the...More

Thank Paul P
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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

Well, you obviously wouldn't make a journey here just to visit this monument as its not exactly breathtaking and its in the middle of a roundabout. Nevertheless, I've drove past this multiple times over the decades and seeing it again for the first time in...More

Thank Brad P
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