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THE 
DOVE OF PEACE
Weather Vane

The Dove of Peace was  chosen from a selection of designs by students from Coventry Technical College.  The winning design was by student John Clark.  This initial design idea was then used to create the final weather vane.  

The following information below is taken from a current (as at 4 July 2003) public leaflet in the church. (typed in by me so apologies for any spelling or typos!)

John Clark lives in Kenilworth, and attended Kenilworth School.

On leaving school he joined the BTech 3D Craft Design Course at Coventry Technical College.

He found the course interesting and focused in all aspects of design.  It was intensive, and explored many different fields; especially sculpture, which enabled him to enter two design competition.

The DOVE OF PEACE is the first design.  The other design is for a sculpture at Earl Place Business Park.

He is now at Coventry University on the Transport Design Course.

The 8ft stainless steel DOVE OF PEACE was consecrated on January 24th 2001.  It was chosen for its vision and concept, from an exhibition by students from Coventry Technical College.

John Clark writes................

"I have chosen a dove because it is recognised as a Christian symbol.

The concept for my design reflects motor car styling from its beginnings in Coventry.  It is a tribute to Sir Frank Whittle, a brilliant aero engine designer, who was born in Coventry, but was never really recognised in his field.

My design represents how he revolutionised flight.  He made aircraft design become much more dynamic, because planes had to be streamlined to cope with the speed of his new jet engine.

The DOVE looks peaceful, streamlined, futuristic, ready to take off and spread its message of peace over Coventry."

BRANCUSI has also provided inspiration for my design.  He desings simple shapes and representations of animals.  My concept is also a simple, bold, and effective shape which will be easy to to distinguish at a distance.

Contributors to the provision of a new weather vain....

  • John Clark:  Preliminary design of Dove concept.

  • Alan Wright: Architect and Project Manager.

  • Graham Bentley: Progressive practical design, Engineering and Mechanical design and Engineering and manufacture co-ordinator.

  • Tim Hunter: Progressive practical design Structural  Engineer.

  • Don Ascough: Structural Engineer.

  • Enginnering Manufacturers:  
      J L Float, Aldridge - the Ball,
    Bhogal Polishing - Smethwick
    Lyndhurst Engineering, Coleshill
    Ashley Competitive Exhaus, Walsall
    F C Whittle, Oldbury - assembling Dove.
    Special thanks to:

  • Gordon Hipkiss and Tony Piddington.

Thanks are extended to all participants whose enthusiasm and dedication have combined in the realization of a unique piece of history, and a wonderful work of art.

 

 

 



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