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'The Lovely People' Art Installation by Temper

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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
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Published September 19th 2012
Brummies by Temper
Public space and art is a perfect match, especially when both are located in one of the coolest buildings in town. In 2010, one of the most famous graffiti artists from Birmingham Arron Bird, as known as Temper, created an installation called "The Lovely People", in The Cube, the new commercial centre of the city.

The series of seven sculptures, made in bronze, represent local people who had their stories immortalised by Temper, such as a fire-fighter who was awarded with the George Cross medal, or a Holocaust survivor - that certainly would deserve a sculpture anywhere in the planet.

The work, which took two years to be completed, are scattered throughout the halls of the iconic three-story building, which also draws attention for its daring and stunning architecture, a masterpiece of concrete idealised by the visionary architect Ken Shutteworth.

This Lovely People that Temper portraits in his sculptures represent the brummies (as Birmingham locals are known), usually seen as a very receptive and hospitable people. It's also giving a kind of charming touch to the most modern building in the city.

It's worth remembering as well that beyond the beautiful art of Temper, The Cube is also an obligatory tourist spot in the city for holding restaurants like the famous chef Marco Pierre White and also Brazilian Steakhouse Rico's. You can check the Temper art for free. Just one more courtesy of the lovely people from this city!
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Why? Lovely sculptures at The Cube
Phone: 0121 654 9400
Where: Birmingham
Cost: free
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