Larger than life
Specialist engraving company, Brunel Engraving, has completed over 300 engravings on the plinth of Bristol footballer, John Atyeo’s statue at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate Stadium.
The larger than life-size bronze statue celebrates the most prolific striker in Bristol City’s history and was commissioned by Bristol City Supporters’ Club & Trust. Donors had the opportunity to buy a name plaque on the plinth as part of a scheme to raise funds for the statue.
Brunel Engraving was approached by the Club & Trust to advise on how best to display the inscriptions around the base of the statue, the appropriate material to use and the design and size of the inscriptions, which the company engraved to ensure maximum longevity.
Originally there were 150 names to be engraved but, due to the popularity of the fundraising scheme, over double that number was included on the finished structure.
John Darch, a member of the Board of the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust, explained: “We approached Brunel Engraving to undertake the engraving work as we were particularly impressed by the inscriptions it had completed at the base of the Isis sculpture in London’s Hyde Park.
“Our original idea was to feature several individual engraved plates, but Brunel’s suggestion to feature continuous strips around the plinth enabled us to include twice as many names as we had originally intended. We also liked the stainless steel material which Brunel recommended and were very pleased with the finished quality of the inscriptions.”
Martyn Wright, founder and Managing Director of Brunel Engraving, commented: “We were delighted to have been involved in this high profile commemorative work. The continuous deeply engraved scripts flow well around the plinth of the statue and the depth of each engraving and the quality of the material used will preserve the integrity and endurance of this fine statue”.