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Birmingham's Statues and Memorials

 

statue.jpg (87562 bytes) Queen Victoria Statue
Victoria Square

Thomas Brock R.A

The statue that gave the square its name is by Thomas Brock and was unveiled on 10th January 1901, just 12 days before the death of the Queen. The original statue was marble. In 1951 (to mark the Festival of Britain) a bronze cast was made. In 1992 this was taken away to be cleaned, returning in April 1993 as the refurbishment of the Square was nearing completion.

 

The Floozie in the Jacuzzi: The River and her companions

In 1993, Victoria Square was pedestrianised and remodelled. This included the installation of a massive water feature.
Around the rim of the upper pool is a quotation from Burnt Norton, one of the Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot:
And the pool was filed with water out of sunlight,
And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light,
And they were behind us, reflected in the pool.
Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.

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floozy.jpg (95454 bytes) "The River" In and around the fountain are other works by Dhruva Mistry

Sat in the upper pool, is a monumental female figure representing the life force. The figure has been nicknamed "the Floozy in the Jacuzzi" and weighs 1.75 tonnes. The River is also a fountain - one of the largest in Europe - with a flow of 3,000 gallons per minute.
 

 

"Youth"

At the bottom of the fountain- feature are 2 smaller figures representing youth, also by Mistry.
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guardian.jpg (64253 bytes) "The Guardians"

Two Sphinx-like animals made from the same Darley Dale stone as the Council House. They were carved by the carving workshop in Cambridge.
 

 

Thomas Attwood
(Sioban Coppinger, 1992)

Don't look up, but look down at this life-size statue of the noted 19th-century political reformer, which is reclining on the steps by the Town Hall leading into Chamberlain Square. A little known but important leader, Attwood was a banker and and one of the first two M.P.s representing Birmingham after the Reform Bill of 1832, a believer in monetary reform and a supporter of the ideals of the Chartists.

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photo by Chris Jefferies

Iron Man

Anthony Gormley's controversial statue stands 20ft tall at the lower end of the square, near Pinfold Street. It was a gift to the city by the Trustee Savings Bank, in March 1993. It was cast at Firth Rixon Castings in Willenhall and represents the traditional skills of Birmingham & the Black Country.

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  Public Sculpture of Birmingham George Noszlopy,  
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