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 Pockets of [Coventry] is an interactive derive and assemblage montage randomly and collaboratively generated through gifts and referrals.
I asked the framer who I bought my picture frames from where in Coventry he’d recommend I stand and hold my sign ‘name a person in a place in Coventry for me to visit.’ He said the Lady Godiva Statue at Broadgate is a busy, central spot.
A guy called Peter in the shop overheard our conversation and said he’d personally take me to Broadgate. Peter works as a postman in Coventry and knows his way around the city.
At the centre of Broadgate square is a monument to Lady Godiva, legendary for her naked horse ride through the streets of Coventry in protest against a hated tax rise instituted by her husband, Lord Leofric.
Installed in the redbrick facade of Broadgate house, is a 140 year old Lady Godiva Clock. At the striking of the hour, two yellow doors with black eagles open and the figure of a naked, golden haired Godiva and horse emerge and parade across the clock face.
Before too long a peeping Tom pops up from a window above Godiva to take a gander.
After bringing me to the Godiva Statue at Broadgate Square, Peter took me to meet the local Peeping Toms. One Tom can be found in a glass case in Cathedral Gate Shopping Centre.
Another, more macabre bust of Tom, roosts in a glass box above Hertford Street Shopping and depicts Peeping Tom in the throes of anguish, having been struck blind as punishment for his peeping.
After I explained to Peter about 25 Pockets of Coventry he told me to begin my exploration of Coventry by visiting 2-Tone Village.
I’m able to see anybody there.