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Birmingham’s Forward Together artwork has been unveiled in Victoria Square today, depicting the city’s creativity, diversity, spirit - and what can be achieved when people and communities come together.
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 with in a factory or with metal before.
Inspired by the city’s motto Forward, the distinctive new landmark brings together a collection local people as the steel silhouettes who the team regard as extraordinary, everyday people.
Luke’s background is in public art, representing those that are underrepresented, and his team created Forward Together to address the imbalance of representation in public monuments.
The 13-metre long installation was built over 14 days by Luke’s team - who also represent the region’s diversity - who were trained at his Cradley Heath factory where it was made.
The reimagined Forward crest includes quotes from Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem We Refugees – “No one is here without a struggle” and “We all came here from somewhere.”
The installation - which be on display in the city centre for 12 months - will be unveiled in Victoria Square on Sunday (4 July 2021) at 4pm.
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