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Statues and Public Art

Birmingham has a number of fine pieces of public art, both modern and classic, by internationally respected artists such as Anthony Gormley, Dhruva Mistry and William Bloye

Please see the links below for more information about Birmingham's most famous statues and public art:

  • Boulton, Watt and Murdoch, pioneers of the industrial revolution in late 18th century England
  • The River, known locally as the "Floozie in the Jacuzzi"
  • Forward, representing the march of Birmingham from its smokey industrial past into the future
  • Industry and Genius, a sculptural tribute to John Baskerville
  • Iron man, a gift to the city by the Trustee Savings Bank representing the traditional skills of Birmingham and the Black Country
  • Joseph Sturge, one of Birmingham's greatest radicals who campaigned tirelessly for peace
  • Queen Victoria and Ebony, originally created in marble by Thomas Brock, but recast in bronze by William Bloye
  • Robert Peel, founder of the Metropolitan Police
  • Spirit of Enterprise, a water sculpture designed as part of a 'Percentage for Art' policy
  • Tony Hancock, one of the best known comedians of the 1960s