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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
22 Jun 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Rainbow doors around the Warley Woods

We went back to the Warley Woods on the 2nd June 2020 for a daily walk. This time a full walk around. While there, I noticed these painted doors at the bottom of trees all around the woods. Of course I didn't take all of them as there was too many to see. So here is a gallery of the ones that I did see. Painted by local children. Like those NHS rainbows in the windows of peoples homes.

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Rainbow doors around the Warley Woods





We went back to the Warley Woods on the 2nd June 2020 for a daily walk. This time a full walk around. While there, I noticed these painted doors at the bottom of trees all around the woods. Of course I didn't take all of them as there was too many to see. So here is a gallery of the ones that I did see. Painted by local children. Like those NHS rainbows in the windows of peoples homes.


If you go to the woods today your sure of a big surprise! (from the Teddy Bears Picnic).

No you wont find teddy bears in the Warley Woods, but you might find these painted doors around the woods. My walk on the 2nd June 2020 around the Warley Woods, and while there noticed these doors painted on wood by school children (at home). To help and thank the NHS & Key Workers.

Go find them out yourselves (if they are still there). There was more than just these ones (below). So take your kids out rainbow door hunting!

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I might next cover the full walk around the Warley Woods from the beginning of June 2020 next. So watch this space!

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
10 Jun 2020 - Elliott Brown
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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.

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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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YourPlaceYourSpace Art; Culture & creativity
28 May 2020 - YourPlaceYourSpace
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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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YourPlaceYourSpace Art; Culture & creativity
28 May 2020 - YourPlaceYourSpace
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
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).

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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).

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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

THIS IS OUR CITY ~ THOMAS SHELBY

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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.

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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.

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Bear Grylls created by The Oaks Primary School.

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Totally Tropical Bear created by Wheelers Lane Primary School.

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

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

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Lulu created by Bishop Challoner Catholic College.

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Bournville Unwrapped created by Bournville School.

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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