Birmingham’s historical features that contribute to the city’s quality and character are most obvious in its built heritage. However, aspects of Birmingham’s heritage are represented through the associations with historical people and events, literature and with art. Birmingham is rich in the diversity of its public art, which ranges from sculptural curiosities to historical monuments and statues.
The pieces of public art range from classical to modern, including ‘Iron Man’, ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ and ‘Boulton, Watt and Murdoch’ to name a few. Many of the buildings reveal some of the finest public sculptures, such as Birmingham’s Council House with the front pediment depicting Britannia receiving the manufacturers of Birmingham.
Birmingham Sculpture Trails by George T. Noszlopy and Fiona Waterhouse is an illustrated guide to the various monuments and sculptures that can be seen throughout Birmingham which is arranged around four separate trails.
The publisher has said: “With ambitious contemporary works by internationally renowned artists standing alongside statues and monuments by some of the foremost sculptors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Birmingham city centre offers one of the richest and most vibrant sculptural environments in the UK.”
This is an ideal guide for anyone interested in public sculpture and for those interested in Birmingham’s cultural heritage.