Arts in Redditch

There is now a growing number of public art pieces in Redditch  The Redditch Development Corporation invested in the Paolozzi Mosaics to adorn the Kingfisher Shopping Centre which can be seen in Millward Square, now a nationally important example of Paolozzi’s work.   But now there is much more for visitors to see, and for residents to be proud of.  Here are some of the more impressive pieces.  Click on the images to see a bigger photograph.

The Totem Pole!

This fingerpost, one of many in the country, has stood in Arrow Valley Park to mark the ‘sustrans’ cycle route, known locally as the totem pole It is imaginative, creative, decorative, and worth a much closer look than this photograph affords.

Public Art

The Bartleet Fountain

The Fountain, at the northern end of the Church Green Gardens adjacent to St.Stephen’s Parish Church in Redditch Town Centre, was unveiled with great ceremony on 15th May 1883, by Mrs. Bartleet, wife of the generous donor Mr. Richard Smith Bartleet, magistrate and sometime Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire.

Mr. Bartleet was one of the most prominent figures in the local needle industry — as well as being a highly successful manufacturer of needles and fishing tackle, he also took a great interest in the moral welfare and progress of the town of Redditch and its people. His chief interests were in education and in the active encouragement of temperance and healthy living.


The Holocaust Memorial

This memorial was created to provide an opportunity to commemorate the National  Holocaust Memorial Day held annually in this country. Redditch for some years has worked in partnership across a wide variety of faith groups to raise awareness of the holocaust phenomenon producing debate between a diverse range of groups including the Church of England, the Borough Council, the Pagan Society and various other groups of religious denomination.

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Murals


The Gateway Murals

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The Spring Sculpture finally arrives.

To be named Springs Eternal,  The sculpture first suggested  in 2010 by the then Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Hall, to celebrate the enduring Spring Industry in Redditch, has now been erected outside Redditch Town Hall in Walter Stranz Square.  

The sculpture, constructed by artist Tim Tolkien, has taken this time to be created with authenticity from the original design by a one time student of art and design at NEW College, Kesia.

On Thursday 12th January 2017 it was unveiled following a fitting ceremony with tributes to NEW College lecturers, Spring Industry representatives who helped with the finance, councillors and of course the artist.

John Bonham Memorial Sculpture, Mercian Square, Redditch

This statue of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was unveiled in Mercian Square, Church Green on 31 May 2018,  to mark what would have been his 70th birthday.

Created by sculptor Mark Richards,  the vast bronze sculpture weighs around 2.5 tonnes and depicts John – known to his friends and fans as ‘Bonzo’  - in live action behind the drum kit. It also features his ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ symbol of three interlocking rings along with the date of his birth and untimely death in 1980.

The stones which forms the base of the sculpture are a nod to the artwork featured on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s  1973 'Houses of the Holy' album and the piece also features zeppelin airships from which, of course, Led Zeppelin took their name.

Elsewhere,   the   sculpture   is   emblazoned   with   the   words:   “The most outstanding   and   original drummer of his time, John Bonham’s popularity and influence continue to resonate with the world of music and beyond.”

The siting of this sculpture in Redditch recognises Bonham’s birth in the town, and his education at Lodge Park Secondary School (now Woodfield Middle School). Funding for the sculpture, and its installation in Mercian Square, was raised by public subscription, including substantial donations from  USA.

The ‘Needles Gateway’  

This public artwork recognises and celebrates the town’s industrial heritage, as Redditch was historically the undisputed needle-making capital of the world.  The The ‘Gateway’ consists of eight stainless steel needles. Each of them are ten metres high and set at an angle with trailing ‘threads’ that link into the adjacent pavement feature. This work was funded separately by Redditch Borough Council and is made up of a line of five giant needles set into the pavement surface and linked with a metallised continuous ‘thread’ of paviours which are embossed with needlemaking terms and processes. These paviours were produced via street side workshops drawing upon the creative ideas of local people and also pupils from Woodfield Middle School in Redditch. Recent work on town centre pavements has left the artwork largely as intended but we wonder why a market trader is allowed to position a caravan in the gateway and on the artwork, separate from the rest of the market.

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