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.
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