Brum Through A Lens
A reproduction of a series of large-scale artworks commissioned by Roundhouse Birmingham, the National Trust, Canal and River Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund. These artworks celebrate three special areas in Birmingham, following the stories, people and places throughout the passage of time. The third in the series is inspired by a walk created by West Midlands Photography Collective and aims to take you on a visual journey of the route. Again, beginning at Roundhouse, it takes us along the inner-city canals past the NIA, taking a different turn through Gas St Basin towards more stunning old and new inner city architectural delights. We can see hidden treasures along the way, the Iron Bridge , the oldest bridge in the city centre and hosting the oldest iron streetlights and crossing Lover’s Bridge and heading to the Cube, we pick up the artist Temper’s ‘The Lovely People’ who continue the journey with us ! The stunning architecture of the Cube designed by Ken Shuttleworth, is a treat to see from the inside too and not to be missed. Moving down towards the Mailbox, once Birmingham’s main Royal Mail sorting office, we can view more stunning architecture along the way and public art features to enjoy , the lamp by Lucy Holmes and ‘Untitled Sculpture’ by Lee Grandjean. The Brutalist signal box a must see along the way and a striking example of Brutalist architecture. Past the back of New St station, we head through Piccadilly Arcade, looking up again, we see the impressive ceiling mural of artist Paul Maxfield, another fantastic photo opportunity ! Walking up New St , look carefully to see the often-missed deco architecture and head to Victoria Square, one of Birmingham’s oldest quarters with stunning architecture all around and more public artworks such as Dhruva Mistry’s ‘The River’, locally known as ‘floozie in the Jacuzzi’ and Anthony Gormley’s’ Iron Man’. From here we can take in the magnificent Town Hall, it’s been a venue of for events and live music for hundreds of years. Charles Dicken’s chose to give his first public reading of an exert of ‘A Christmas Carol’ here as he had a huge soft spot for Birmingham and its people. A remarkable building amongst many here that have survived the test of time, a good place to stop and pause for a rest and soak up the atmosphere. Through Chamberlain square and into Centenary square, there’s more architecture and art, old and new to delight and back down to the canals we go to finish our loop of this fascinating part of our city. You may pass the Prince of Wales pub, standing on its own on the way, the elephant features as it’s said that when Chipperfield’s circus at Bingley took their animals for their daily exercise, an elephant caught sight of its own reflection and charged the window, much to the shock of those sitting having a quiet lunchtime pint ! There are so many photographic opportunities along the way here, water reflections, shapes, patterns and form within historical and contemporary architecture and artworks. You’ll be inspired to discover more about Birmingham’s history and people, who have contributed to our city’s historical and contemporary heritage. These are limited edition Fine Art giclee prints on archival paper, signed by the artist. Unframed, option to frame on enquiry.