Family of Birmingham Statue Unveiled

OD4A7095-4The four-year project run by the Ikon Gallery climaxed today when the statue of the Family of Birmingham was unveiled, in Centenary Square.

In 2011 two sisters, both single parents, and their two young sons were nominated in a competition to find a family that best represented a real Birmingham Family. No constraints were imposed on the family structure and none ruled out. Over 370 families were entered and in 2013 sisters Roma and Emma Jones and their children Kyan  and Shaye were chosen.

They have now been immortalised in bronze by Birmingham-born Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing. The statue is located on a lawn outside the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square.

Emma was expecting a baby at the time photos were taken to capture the structure of the statue which now clearly shows this.

Gathered at the unveiling were a crowd of over a hundred onlookers, in which I spotted Deputy Council Leader Cllr Ian Ward, Jonathan Watkins of the Ikon Gallery and Brian Gambles assistant director of culture at Birmingham City Council who was involved in the Library of Birmingham project from the start.

Here are some photos of the event.

Article by Geoff Caine

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