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The Sentinal (Spitfire Island)

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Address: Spitfire Island, Birmingham, England
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Impressive sculpture

Due to road works and shift change at the local Jaguar factory I was able to study the sculpture for some time whilst sitting in a traffic jam

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 June 2016
Martin G
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Great idea to commemorate the building of Spitfire aircraft at the current home of Jaguar cars. Roundabout could do with brightening up though then again it's a roundabout.

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Thank Onkar S
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

It was good when it was first put up but as with most things....it;s been left to rot. The thing looks beaten and disgusting now, needs a good clean. Still it's good to have a look if youve not seen it before, just wish the council would take more pride in these things

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Thank Joshua L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

It's been a while but I came back to see the island, as when I was an air cadet I attended the unveiling of this statue. It's a fantastic site, not menu people notice but if you look at the gates of the jag plant you can see the spitfire propellers in them and all round the area you can... More 

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Thank Ashley W
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

Due to road works and shift change at the local Jaguar factory I was able to study the sculpture for some time whilst sitting in a traffic jam

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1 Thank Martin G
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is on an island or roundabout on the Chester Road at Castle Vale quite near the Jag factory ,its just in the shape of SPITFIRES, l never realised it being the driver until my friend pointed it out and the traffic there is always shocking, l noticed it as a load of metal only until she said,as it leads... More 

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Thank JEANDALBY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

I have to say that many public art pieces leave me with the general question of "we paid good money for that!" This is one of the rare pieces I have to say was worth the expense. It captures the essence of the spitfire in flight beautifully,

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Thank Damian O
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Worth a visit? Probably not but it is a fantastic sculpture that you cant miss right in the middle of a busy roundabout in Birmingham. Tastefully done and what is more iconic than a spitfire?

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Thank Kelly W
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

Inspirational iconic and stimulating look into the history of this former I industrial area of Birmingham

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Thank MajorWoodruff
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

Never get to see it up close...unless you stagger over the island after a few light ales. Its a nice thing and something to look at in the perma traffic around that area.

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Thank Louis O
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

Crawl pass this sculpture everyday going to work!!! Fantastic landmark marking the site of the aircraft factory in Castle Bromwich where the Spitfires were built - definitely worth seeing.

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