Exhibition highlights city’s changing landscape

20 September 2017

Birmingham’s historic architecture and changing landscape will be the focus of a new exhibition about how the city’s skyline has been transformed during the last 20 years.

Birmingham City University’s Parkside Gallery will host the ‘Brummagem Lost City Found’ exhibition until 27 October, and it will bring together a collection of large-scale prints, paper constructions and rare archive materials centred around some of the city’s most iconic sites.

The artworks, which feature artistic takes on Spaghetti Junction, the Inner Ring Road and New Street Signal Box, have been produced by two local artists, Birmingham City University Professor Andrew Kulman and Sara Kulman.

Both live in Birmingham and have used the city’s transformation as the inspiration for their work for the exhibition, which has been compiled in a bid to recognise and honour the Brutalist architecture which characterised the city’s architecture during the 1950s-70s.

Professor Kulman said: “Over the last 20 years Birmingham has lost much of the Brutalist architecture that characterised the city. Most recently the iconic Central Library was controversially demolished and is being replaced by brand new buildings.

“While it would be hard to deny the benefits to the city, there is an overwhelming feeling of loss as the old buildings fall and the city is reshaped. As the city is regenerated there is a sense of nostalgia among those who called the ‘concrete jungle’ home.”

‘Brummagem Lost City Found’ is free for the public to attend at Birmingham City University’s Parkside Gallery at its City Centre Campus in Eastside.

Pictured: the exhibition’s take on Spaghetti Junction

 

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