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Blondin
Blondin
Blondin
Blondin
Blondin
Blondin
Blondin
Blondin

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A caricatural image of the famous stuntman, derived from Richardson's interest in cartoon imagery and satirical artists such as John Heartfield and George Grosz. It now carries a sign directing people to the shopping centre which is on the other side of the road. This statue was commissioned as part of Ladywood Regeneration Project which began in 1990. Charles Blondin, the nineteenth century French stuntman, was internationally famous for stunts including crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope. His connection to Birmingham is that on 6th September 1873, he tight-rope walked across the Edgbaston reservoir. There is a story which claims that the 10,000 foot long rope was not tight enough and during the crossing the rope sagged so low that Blondin had to cross part of the way underwater.
Title

Blondin

Date

1995

Medium

steel plate, zinc & bronze, sprayed & patinated

Measurements

H 300 x W (?) x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 750 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

B16_RA_S110

Acquisition method

commissioned by The Ladywood Community Forum

Work type

Statue

Owner

The Ladywood Community Forum

Custodian

The Ladywood Community Forum

Work status

extant

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