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Local artist celebrates diversity in the Second City


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Birmingham’s diversity, creativity and spirit will be celebrated in a new artwork due to be unveiled in the city centre later this week.

Forward Together is a reimagining of the city’s crest being raised by a line of 25 figures, designed by artist Luke Perry and made by a team of his friends, some of whom had never worked in a factory or with metal before.

The 13-metre long installation was built over 14 days by Luke’s team – who represent the region’s diversity – all of whom were trained at his Cradley Heath factory where it was made.

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I’m looking forward to unveiling this impressive piece of work which reflects not just the diversity of our great city, but also what can happen when people work together.”

Inspired by the city’s motto ‘Forward’, the distinctive new landmark brings together a collection of local people as the steel silhouettes who the team regard as extraordinary, everyday people.

Luke’s background is in public art and his team created Forward Together to address the imbalance of representation in public monuments.

Luke, who will be unveiling the statue with the Leader, said: “Forward Together is a view of an alternative world, yet one that exists and is working if we choose to see it. We can all pull together to raise our society out of the shade.

“It was the greatest honour to be able to work with friends to create this piece and to celebrate people who do not have their share of the credit.”

The installation – which will be on display in the city centre for 12 months – will be unveiled in Victoria Square on Sunday (4 July 2021) at 4 pm.


Written by: David Watkins

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