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The Iron Man


Long before Antony Gormley built the Angel of the North or the Another Place installation in Crosby, he designed the Iron Man for the Trustees Savings Bank. They presented it to the City of Birmingham and it was placed in Victoria Square not far from the bank's headquarters. It was as controversial when it was installed in 1993, not many of the locals liked it and there were letters of outrage to the local paper.

When the TSB relocated to Bristol it was suggested by may that the statue should go with then, but it stayed in Birmingham. It is supposed to represent the traditional skills of Birmingham and the Black Country, long masters in metalworking and casting.

The Iron Man


Long before Antony Gormley built the Angel of the North or the Another Place installation in Crosby, he designed the Iron Man for the Trustees Savings Bank. They presented it to the City of Birmingham and it was placed in Victoria Square not far from the bank's headquarters. It was as controversial when it was installed in 1993, not many of the locals liked it and there were letters of outrage to the local paper.

When the TSB relocated to Bristol it was suggested by may that the statue should go with then, but it stayed in Birmingham. It is supposed to represent the traditional skills of Birmingham and the Black Country, long masters in metalworking and casting.

comments (8)

The angel I love and I haven't been to Crosby (yet) but this I do not like. I photographed it when I was in Brum recently and posted it on my blog. I will say Les I like your picture a lot more than mine.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, it has grown on me whilst I was working on the image, I almost like it now.
I actually don't like this much as a sculpture, but thought it suited the site perfectly. Looks like he is weathering in nicely!
Les Auld: It would seem that Antony Gormley does enjoy a bit of rust on his sculptures, thanks for the comment.
This was possibly a first attempt to trial before his later sculture groups ... Everyone has to trial things and learn. This works well as an photographic image ... and in reality it is much better than much contemporary utility meaningless sculpture that is spawning in cities being redeveloped. richard
Les Auld: It does seem to have a resonance with the area Richard, thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Mar 2008, 10:16
Thanks for the info - interesting. I have not seen this one - I will have to keep an eye open for it next time I go. I actually like it - I don't understand why people are so stuffy and unimaginative not to like it. What would they prefer - some nice, safe, classical sculpture probably? I like your treatment here - good colours.
Ingrid
Les Auld: All the other sculptures in Victoria Square are modern variations on a ancient theme so why not this, it has grown on me though. Thanks for the comment.
I don't mind the sculpture but I find the strapping round it a bit sinister, otherwise well photographed Les.
Les Auld: I don't think they were part of the original design, but part of the manufacturing process and Gormley liked them so had them left on. Thanks for the comment Brian.
Well seen ! I like your framing too !
Les Auld: Thanks, Zeb, a spare texture that I had to hand came in useful for this.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 8 Mar 2008, 18:21
I really like his work, this is well shot, well done.
Les Auld: Thnaks Dave, glad you like it.
  • Alan
  • Southampton
  • 9 Mar 2008, 09:30
Hmmm.. well I think the people of Birmingham are right; this is not to my taste either! Each to their own, I guess!
Les Auld: It would be a drab world if we all thought the same Alan, thanks for the comment.

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