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Newtown Jewels
Newtown Jewels
Newtown Jewels
Newtown Jewels
Newtown Jewels

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Rose Akeroyd / Art UK

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The sculpture is formed of three interlocked rings, the bases of which are partially buried in the ground. The rings are all different and reflect the design of real pieces of jewellery. One is constructed of two pieces of metal set with semi-spherical dark red glass. Another is constructed from alternating sections in silver and black. The third, in gold, is mounted with nine glass discs set into a traditional style gem setting. This has the Birmingham assay mark symbolising the sculpture's close proximity to the Jewellery Quarter, a centre of the jewellery trade in Birmingham. The impetus for the sculpture was that local children wanted something to symbolise how precious the area is to them. Tom Grimsey worked with the children for six months in developing the design for the sculpture prior to it being placed in a newly re-developed playground.

Medium

steel

Measurements

H 400 x W 400 x D 400 cm

Accession number

B19_RA_S075

Acquisition method

commissioned by Newtown South Aston City Challenge, Birmingham City Council, and West Midlands Arts

Work type

Sculpture

Owner

Birmingham City Council

Custodian

Birmingham City Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

not listed

Inscription description

plaque on ground, in front of the sculpture: "NEWTOWN JEWELS" / A sculpture by artist Tom Grimsey / 1998 / Commissioned by Newtown South Aston City Challenge, / Birmingham City Council / Department of Leisure and Community Services / and West Midlands Arts.


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