Published on 21/03/12

AWARD WINNING ARTIST COMMISSIONED FOR CHURCH STREET SQUARE

Colmore Business District (CBD) and Birmingham City Council have commissioned award winning artist, Wolfgang Buttress, to create a piece of public art to complement a new public square in the city.

The art piece will be situated on Church Street Square, CBD’s major public realm enhancement scheme in partnership with Birmingham City Council. The scheme will see the transformation of a previously wide carriageway into a new open space with reduced carriageway, benches, greenery and enhanced lighting.

Buttress has been appointed following a competition that saw artists submit artwork for the new enhanced space in the city’s professional quarter. Born in Birmingham and with good links with the city, he will work closely with CBD and Birmingham City Council to ensure the piece complements the surrounding area.

Gary Cardin, chairman of CBD, said, “We are delighted to be adding to the legacy of this project by commissioning a piece of art that will contribute and stimulate interest in this high quality and impressive scheme that we have been working to deliver. With completion of the project only weeks away now, we are looking forward to working with an artist of the calibre of Wolfgang to add something special to the Square.”

Councillor Timothy Huxtable, cabinet member for transport, environment and regeneration said, “Wolfgang is a talented artist who has a great reputation for delivering quality projects that add interest and creativity to spaces. Church Street Square will be a fantastic example of collaborative working and a great new space for businesses, visitors and residents of Birmingham to enjoy.”

Commenting on his appointment, Wolfgang Buttress said, “I am really pleased and excited to have the opportunity to work with CBD and Birmingham City Council to create a piece of artwork that will really emphasise the quality and attractiveness of this transformed public space in the city.”