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NHS Angel by Luke Perry at Lightwoods Park

Recently had a chance to return to Lightwoods Park in Bearwood (in the car, not allowed to travel on the bus at the moment). And while on my walk I found Luke Perry's temporary NHS Angel sculpture. It is near Hagley Road West. It has a message "Thank You NHS & Care Workers". It is called Wings and Scrubs.

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NHS Angel by Luke Perry at Lightwoods Park





Recently had a chance to return to Lightwoods Park in Bearwood (in the car, not allowed to travel on the bus at the moment). And while on my walk I found Luke Perry's temporary NHS Angel sculpture. It is near Hagley Road West. It has a message "Thank You NHS & Care Workers". It is called Wings and Scrubs.


The Winged sculpture was unveiled early in May 2020. It was a tribute to the NHS and Care Workers 'angels' who have been treated people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Black Country sculptor Luke Perry created it using steel and other metals in his factory in Cradley Heath.

He worked with Sandwell Council and it was installed at Lightwoods Park near the Hagley Road West in Bearwood. It is a temporary installation called Wings and Scrubs. It has the inscription THANK YOU NHS & CARE WORKERS.

More details at the link above from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

You can see it on your daily walk around Lightwoods Park and the Warley Woods.

Saw it myself on the 2nd June 2020.

I will do a proper Lightwoods Park post soon, from my various visits over the years from 2011 to 2020.

My post on Lightwoods House is here: The restoration of Lightwoods House in Lightwoods Park.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Lockdown Photography Competition with UB40

With so many entries, this competition with great support from UB40 has proved to be a huge success. Final entries need to be in by 31st May 2020.  So whatever has been your experience and greatest memory of the lockdown, send your photography via www.CreativesWeAre.com 

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New Covid-19 mural in Digbeth by Gent48

See how a great idea by charity campaigner Paul Cadman quickly turned into a great piece of art by talented street artist Gent48 right in the centre of Digbeth. 

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New Covid-19 mural in Digbeth by Gent48





See how a great idea by charity campaigner Paul Cadman quickly turned into a great piece of art by talented street artist Gent48 right in the centre of Digbeth. 


Paul Cadman, who many people will know as an active campaigner for charities across Birmingham, ihas been the inspiration behind the latest piece of street art in Digbeth completed by renowned artist Gent48.

Paul was inspired by an image of a nurse giving the finger to Covid. He was looking for a positive image as opposed to the bad news going out every day.

Paul contacted the renowned artist Gent48 with the proposition of creating a huge mural on the wall of a building in Digbeth.

Gent48 came up with a vibrant message that could be Birmingham's own. Norton's Bar provided the wonderful back drop.

Follow the commission here and how things developed.  Photography by Digbeth photographer Mac McCreery, amongst others.

The street art has already become a major attraction in Digbeth.  

Go see for yourself at Norton's Bar in Digbeth on Meriden Street, Birmingham. B5 5LS

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27 May 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Doctor Who, The Big Hoot & Sleuth at The Mailbox and BBC Birmingham

Lets jump in the TARDIS and go back to The Mailbox and BBC Birmingham when it was safe to do so. For many years there has been a Doctor Who TARDIS at BBC Birmingham, and a Dalek. In 2015, The Big Hoot was on. Then in 2017 it was the turn of The Big Sleuth.

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Doctor Who, The Big Hoot & Sleuth at The Mailbox and BBC Birmingham





Lets jump in the TARDIS and go back to The Mailbox and BBC Birmingham when it was safe to do so. For many years there has been a Doctor Who TARDIS at BBC Birmingham, and a Dalek. In 2015, The Big Hoot was on. Then in 2017 it was the turn of The Big Sleuth.


Thank you BBC Birmingham / BBC Midlands Today for running a story about the Creatives We Are competition (and using one of my photos on lockdown). Lockdown photo contest to create 'lasting memory'.

If you watch Beccy or Shefali's Insta stories, they are sometimes in the BBC dressing room, and you can see the Birmingham We Are calendar in the background.

DOCTOR WHO

Going back years before our current period when I saw a TARDIS and Dalek from Doctor Who at BBC Birmingham in The Mailbox.

The TARDIS seen in the window of BBC Birmingham from The Mailbox in July 2010. At the time The Doctor was the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant).

In July 2017, I had to sign a form before I could go around BBC Birmingham, while The Big Sleuth was on with it's Little Bears Detective Club. The TARDIS had been moved by this point. The Doctor by now was The Twelth Doctor (Peter Capaldi).

There was also a Dalek inside, from around the 9th and 10th Doctor eras (2005 - 2010).

I'd earlier seen it in the window of BBC Birmingham during May 2017. DO NOT TOUCH THE DALEK.

Behind was BBC Blue Room. Was a Nando's opposite. EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!!!!

At the time you could see the Dalek through the window at BBC Birmingham. If you were going on a tour of the Beeb, you could head upstairs for more. For a few years the TARDIS was visible in this window.

THE BIG HOOT BIRMINGHAM 2015

In July 2015, The Big Hoot owl sculpture trail was on all around Birmingham, and that included in The Mailbox.

Near BBC Birmingham was a Big Hoot Owl called Peacock. By the artist Jane Anderson. The Mailbox was the sponsor.

A man was on a saxophone, then some men moved it to the other side closer to the BBC.

Two strong men moving the Peacock owl back near BBC Birmingham.

Inside the foyer of BBC Birmingham was The Big Hoot's Little Hoot. Five small owls painted by schools. There names were as follows: Chilw-owl, Lileigh, Seasonal Owl, MoMo and The High Five Values. I didn't make a note of who the schools were at the time.

THE BIG SLEUTH BIRMINGHAM 2017

Seen outside of Harvey Nichols in July 2017 was the Peaky Blinders Bear. By the Castle Galleries artist Jon Jones, endorsed by series creator Steven Knight in partnership with Retail BID. The Mailbox was the sponsor.

BY ORDER OF THE PEAKY BLINDERS

On the back of the Peaky Blinders Bear was Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy).

THIS IS OUR CITY ~ THOMAS SHELBY

Bradley's Bear was in the hallway outside of BBC Birmingham (and near the restaurants). While it is a little bear, it was not part of the Little Bears Detective Club. It was designed by Bradley Simpson with thanks to the Retail BID and was brought to life by Donna Newman.

When I went into BBC Birmingham to find The Big Sleuth presents the Little Bear's Detective Club, I had to sign a form when I went in. I found about 7 little bears in total (may have missed one or two?)

Charlie McCheery designed by Kings Heath Primary School.

Bear Grylls created by The Oaks Primary School.

Totally Tropical Bear created by Wheelers Lane Primary School.

The Great Bear created by Colmore Junior School. School sponsored by College of Medical and Dental Science, University of Birmingham.

Fox Hollies School Sun Bear created by Fox Hollies School and Performing Arts College.

Lulu created by Bishop Challoner Catholic College.

Bournville Unwrapped created by Bournville School.

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The Public, West Bromwich - the lost public arts venue in Sandwell

The Public was a free public arts venue in West Bromwich in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell. It was this big modern pink building with unique art installations inside. I once caught the Midland Metro to West Bromwich in April 2011 to visit it. But it closed down years later and is now Central Sixth, West Bromwich. The Public opened in 2009 and closed in 2013.

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The Public, West Bromwich - the lost public arts venue in Sandwell





The Public was a free public arts venue in West Bromwich in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell. It was this big modern pink building with unique art installations inside. I once caught the Midland Metro to West Bromwich in April 2011 to visit it. But it closed down years later and is now Central Sixth, West Bromwich. The Public opened in 2009 and closed in 2013.


The Public, West Bromwich

The Public was a multi-purpose venue and art gallery in West Bromwich, it opened in 2009 and closed by November 2013. The architect was Will Alsop. Construction started in 2003 and was completed in 2009. Although it partially opened in 2008. It was fully completed on all levels in 2010. It was a free art gallery. Various artists had their work displayed here.

My visit to The Public was at the beginning of April 2011, and had no issues taking photos inside of the building. It was the only time I ever went inside. As by the time came back to West Bromwich years later, it was now Central Sixth, West Bromwich (a Sixth Form College from Sandwell College). But there was also the Sandwell Arts Cafe (but the automatic doors were closed when I went past in 2017). Apparently the Sixth Form College merged with my old Sixth Form College (Cadbury College) in 2018 and the campus in West Bromwich is now known as Saint Michaels Sixth Form.

 

Panoramic of The Public during April 2011, taken from New Street / Cronehills Linkway. This would become part of New Square by 2013.

Posters in the corner window including The Pink Floyd Show.

LOVE ART

Welcome to THE PUBLIC ENTRANCE FREE

Gift shop - the lighting was pink all over.

Content Pools by Lia & Miguel Carvalhais.

This was also part of the Content Pools artwork. The light bubbles went all over these things.

Flypad

Wasn't sure at the time what you were supposed to do with Flypad. I would guess step on the square and touch Play on the touch screen.

Local art exhibit. Looks like artists had created giant insects.

Back down to the ground floor after getting a lift back down. Neon pink lights on the ceiling, curvy waves on the floor.

Some kind of pink object I saw on the ground floor. The sculpture looked like it was made of tangled ropes.

Out to the square at the back of The Public with these interesting looking shiny metal parts of the building.

I would guess that there had been nothing like this in West Bromwich before or since.

Entrance to The Public on the left. I would never go back in there ever again.

The New Square shopping development would be built in 2012 and 2013 and would be in the area where those cars were in the distance.

I went back to West Bromwich in July 2017 on The Big Sleuth bear hunt. After the bus from Bearwood / Warley I went to Dudley. And the next bus to West Bromwich for the last of the bears I wanted to see. By this point New Square had opened, and The Public was now Central Sixth West Bromwich.

This Big Sleuth bear was called Picnic Time For Teddy Bears by the artist Cathy Simpson and the sponsor was The West Brom.

This was now the Main Entrance to the Sandwell Arts Cafe, as well as to the Sixth Form College.

It's a shame that The Public had to close to be replaced by Central Sixth. At the time it still looked "arty" with "imagine" and "create". In the Fab Lab.

I last got the West Midlands Metro to West Bromwich Central in August 2019 to see the new Three Degrees statue in New Square (called The Celebration). So didn't get new photos of the former Public building. I did briefly pop into the square behind but was a dead end, then headed to Dartmouth Park for another look around, before catching a tram back into Birmingham. The shops and eateries here are near Queen's Square.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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