Birmingham's Public Art - Enjoy!

Art is great for the soul and mind! Enjoy this feature with our community of people with passion who love their art and love to showcase what's on show across their city for all to enjoy.


There is so much in and across the city for people to enjoy, whether they are visiting Birmingham or live here. Some of the art is well-known and well documented, but a lot remains undiscovered.  

Here is a selection - enjoy!

 

Public Art on display

 

The 'Pergola Bench' in Oozell's Square by Paul de Monchaux

Paul de Monchaux's Pergola Bench with the Ikon Art Gallery in Oozells Square. Photography by Kevin Maslin

 

'Aquaduct' by Miles Davies in Central Square Brindleyplace

Miles Davies' 'Aquaduct' in Central Square. Photography by Daniel Sturley 

 

'River, Youth, Guardians and Object', or 'Floozie in the Jacuzzi' at Victoria Square by Dhruva Mistry 

Made in 1993, the Floozie in the Jacuzzi was removed to storage in October 2021, then returned as of April 2022.

Currently undergoing renovation, here seen in November 2020. Photography by Elliott Brown

In 2014.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

One of the two Guardians of 'the River' in Victoria Square by Dhruva Mistry.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

Sir Antony Gormley's Iron: Man in Victoria Square

Iron: Man was outside of Victoria Square House from 1993 (when it was the HQ of the TSB). It remained there until 2017 when it was removed to storage ahead of the building of the Westside Metro extension from Stephenson Street to Centenary Square (2017-19). But it only returned in February - March 2022, on a site outside of the Town Hall.

Iron: ManIron: Man in Victoria Square (March 2022). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

'The Battle of Gods and Giants' by Roderick Tye by canalside outside ICC

'The Battle of Gods and Giants' at the canaside entrance to the ICC.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

'Black Sabbath Bench' by Tarek Abdelkawi on Broad Street

The Black Sabbath Bench on Broad Street by Tarek Abdelkawi.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

'A Real Birmingham Family' by Gillian Wearing in Centenary Square

The 'A Real Birmingham Family' statue in Centenary Square by Gillian Wearing.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

'Diving Sculpture' by Cathy Lewis outside The Cube, Mailbox

'Diving Sculpture' near The Cube by Cathy Lewis.  Photography by Elliott Brown

 

'The Lovely People' by Temper at The Cube, Mailbox

One of the 'Lovely People' at The Cube by Temper.  Photography by Elliott Brown

 

'Reflective Pool and Water Jets' by Graeme Massie Architects in Centenary Square

The multi-coloured water feature in Centenary Square.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

'The Copper Tree' by Wolfgang Buttress in St. Martin's Square

The 'Copper Tree' in St Martin's Square by Wolfgang Buttress.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

'Lego Giraffe' outside the Legoland Discovery Centre at Arena Birmingham 

The Lego Giraffe outside the Legoland Discovery Centre at Arena Birmingham.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

Statue of Claude Auchinleck outside of Park Regis Birmingham

The bronze statue was made in 1965 by Fiore de Henriquez, and was originally in Auchinleck Square at the Five Ways Shopping Centre (until it was demolished in 2013). After the completion of the Park Regis Birmingham hotel in late 2015, the statue was returned from storage, and installed on the pavement on Broad Street, not far from Five Ways Island. Park Regis Birmingham was refit of what was formerly called Auchinleck House.

Claude AuchinleckStatue of Claude Auchinleck outside of Park Regis Birmingham. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Peaky Blinders at Assay Lofts, Jewellery Quarter

Bronze statue made in 2019 by the artist Paul Margetts. Pirched on a brick window ledge of Assay Lofts on Charlotte Street in the Jewellery Quarter (close to St Paul's Square). Inspired by the BBC TV series created by Steven Knight.

Peaky BlindersPeaky Blinders at Assay Lofts, Jewellery Quarter. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Stirchley Gorilla

This 10 foot high fibreglass gorilla statue was made at a factory in the Philippines and shipped to Birmingham for the owner of JJ's Flooring Services, on the Pershore Road in Stirchley. It has been on the roof since 2015. Evokes memories of the lost King Kong statue from the early 1970's.

Stirchley GorillaStirchley Gorilla on the Pershore Road (March 2022). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

 

Memorials 

There are many sculptures and memorials in parks located in and out of the city.  Some are permanent and some are fixed like the Memorial to the Sousse Terror Attack Victims in Cannon Hill Park.

 

'The Tree of Life' by Lorenzo Quinn

'The Tree of Life' WW2 Blitz Memorial by Lorenzo Quinn in St Martins Square.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

Infinite Wave’ by George King Architects at Cannon Hill Park

The Memorial to the Sousse Terror Attack Victims in Cannon Hill Park by George King Architects.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

'Trees Sculpture' memorial by Anuradha Patel outside Grand Central

The Birmingham Pub Bombings Memorial at Grand Central by Anuradha Patel.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

John F. Kennedy Memorial

The original JFK Memorial was erected at St Chad's Circus in 1968 by Kenneth Budd. After St Chad's was redeveloped in 2006-7 it was destroyed. Kenneth's son, Oliver Budd was commissioned to recreate it in Digbeth near the Custard Factory during 2012-13. Both were for the Birmingham Irish Community. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected 35th President of the United States in November 1960, served less than one term from January 1961 until his assassination on the 22nd November 1963 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

JFK Memorial

John F. Kennedy Memorial in Digbeth. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Street Art

Birmingham is a city with some amazing street art from some amazing street artists. Here is a selection.  

 

'Forward in Unity' by Gent-48 (An Art4Charity commission) in Digbeth

'Forward in Unity' by Gent 48.  Photography by FreeTimePays.

 

Judge Dredd by SP0:076, Epod9000 and Jake Steele in Digbeth

Zellig Car Park Digbeth - Judge Dredd.  Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Past Public Art

Examples of public art the City has displayed in the past

 

'Knife Angel' (2019) by Alfie Bradley

The 'Knife Angel' by Alfie Bradley came to the city in 2019.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

Minimum Monument by Nele Azevedo (2016)

Ice sculptures by Nele Azevedo was part of the Minimum Monument event for WW1 remembrance in Chamberlain Sq (2016).  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

Inflatable Paintbrush for 'City of Colours' Festival (2014)

Inflatable Paintbrush as Part of the 'City of Colours' Street Art Festival (August 2014). Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

'Hares' (2019)

Barry Flanagan's bronze sculpture called 'Hares' back in 2019.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

King Kong (1972)

The  King Kong statue was at the old Bull Ring Shopping Centre in Manzoni Gardens back in 1972 for a short period of time. It was moved around the city to various locations, before moving to Edinburgh in Scotland in 1976. In 2005 it was moved to Penrith, then by 2016 it was in Leeds. Since 2017 it has been in Cumbria, but is unlikely to ever return to Birmingham.

King KongKing Kong at Manzoni Gardens at the Bull Ring, 1972 from the Birmingham Mail archives

 

More to come!

This feature with contributions from our growing growing community of people who share passions will grow to include posts, links, maps, photography, trails and even drone and VR footage to come.

Enjoy with us as it grows. 

 

 

For a full list of Public Art in Birmingham, check out the List of Public Art in Birmingham on Wikipedia, edited by Elliott Brown (and others) over the years.

Project dates

23 Jan 2021 - On-going

Passions

Art; Culture & creativity

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