One of Mike Cumisky’s first subway/underpass retaining wall sculptures from around 1967. The concrete detailing was carried out in carved polystyrene, attached before casting, and then cleaned to reveal the exposed concrete face. This was very likely to have been completed in conjunction with the Tanhouse design teams of architects, planners and engineers In Skelmersdale.
These decorated underpasses were to guide workers to their factories, as the overpasses were designed to take people to the Concourse civic and retail centre.
Cumisky’s cast concrete feature are similar to those found in Cumbernauld New Town and created by Brian Millar.
Carbrain Totem 1966, Courtesy of: Brian Miller Archive
Roller Skating Birds 1970, Courtesy of: Brian Miller Archive
Local MP Gregg McClymont said that he had many happy memories of Brian’s creations.“As a new town boy growing up in Cumbernauld in the 1980s I was fascinated by the weird and wonderful murals and sculptures which I saw all around me and which made Cumbernauld unique,”
But, none of these designs come anywhere near matching the scope of Henry Moore’s brick feature ‘Bouwcentrum Wall’ (building centre) created in Rotterdam in the 1950s. Part of this enormous work is shown below
Courtsey of Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds