Sunny Digbeth

 

Here are some photographs of Digbeth on a special sunny day. They were taken a couple of weeks ago, you could probably guess when.

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Cold Torag

 

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Urban Village, The Custard Factory, Gibb St.

If you’re ‘Mad about Mod’, go to Urban Village at the Custard Factory. If not, go anyway and meet some colourful and friendly folk. Their website is here: http://www.urban-village.co.uk/.

 

 

 

 

Art is Everywhere

Last week I attended a brilliant Art Walk arranged by the University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collections department. Clare Mullett and her colleague Chloe Lund delivered a captivating tour of some of the art and sculpture around the University of Birmingham campus.

I have studied there for years and always thought that it was a special place. Now I know it is. Clare and Chloe led our group around the campus through wind and rain, shining a light on each piece and each neglected corner with enthusiasm. Their words and stories about  works from Paolozzi, Hepworth and Lanyon brought the pieces to life. I can’t replicate that but can recommend their work. Some of this can be seen here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/culture/index.aspx .

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Staff House.
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Clare on Paolozzi
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Groovy Law Building Entrance
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Our Group. Someone is giving me a suspicious look.
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My Enlightened Friend
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Peter Lanyon accommodated his mural’s habitat.
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The Ashley Building.
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The Ashley building interior.
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Spiral staircase.
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Feeling dizzy.
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Metallurgy and Materials Building designed by Arup Associates. Chloe.
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Metallurgy and Materials Interior.
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Metallurgy and Materials Interior. Last talk.

Spanning Time

These photographs were taken during a visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It’s haven of Culture, History and Art. For all of the wonderful and amazing things inside, it is quieter than it should be. But I am glad that I can float and ponder in peace.  I love the building as much as its contents, even the spaces and the steps.

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There’s a great display following the history of Birmingham from its Anglo Saxon roots to its cosmopolitan present. This was the one for me today.

It features the HP sauce sign, our equivalent of Gotham’s Bat-signal. Unlike the Bat-signal however, Birmingham’s distress has probably increased since its removal along with the manufacturing jobs it represented. But you can’t base an economy on sauce; times and markets change.

 

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There was a deranged looking horse.

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A photo of old Birmingham.

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I really liked the way that these chunks of concrete from Spaghetti Junction were displayed, more like gems than industrial materials. I want one.

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Money.

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These ancient friends are Zapotecs. My best friend has a band called Zatopeks, they formed in Birmingham.

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I noticed these lines on my way out.

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For a lot more information, here is a link to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Website http://www.bmag.org.uk/ .