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New piece of public artwork intended to put Birmingham on the international map

The staff at Car Hire Birmingham Airport are looking forward the creation of the new artwork in the city.

The new park in Eastside Birmingham is set to be the location for a new piece of public art aimed at putting the city on the international map. The Birmingham Big Art Project is aiming to raise £2 million to fund the artwork which will mark the centenary of Birmingham Civic Society.

The location of the artwork, on a parcel of land next to the main entrance to Eastside City Park, was revealed at a lunch event at Hotel du Vin in Birmingham to raise funds for the project.

Birmingham Big Art Project chairman Glyn Pitchford said “We are now able to reveal that, working with the city political leaders and planners, we are liaising closely with those working on HS2 Curzon Street and have identified a prominent area of land at the westerly entrance to Eastside City Park. Eventually, if HS2 happens, this preferred site will lie adjacent to a new public square alongside the planned egress from the new station.”

When the Big Art Project was launched Mr Pitchford said the new permanent artwork in a highly visible site in or around the needed to have the ‘wow factor’. Mr Pitchford also pointed to examples of public art from around the world such as Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North in Gateshead and Cloud Gate in Chicago to emphasise how bold, high quality artworks could have a positive impact on the wider economy and help promote Birmingham overseas.