Penrith: Al Johnson

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The above sculpture is part of the Art of Remembering exhibition held at the Rheged Centre and is the work of the sculptor and printmaker Al Johnson. With an Interest in contemporary history, Johnson’s dramatic sculpture entitled Downed is covered in soft textiles with a symbolism of the aircraft – a bird of freedom being recreated as a machine of war.

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The construction of the sculpture is based on original designs for the Sopwith Pup aircraft which was a British biplane in service with The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service from 1916.

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