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The fifth in my Birmingham night-time series. This is a sculpture by eminent Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing locate outside the Library of Birmingham.
Excerpt from the "A Real Birmingham Family" website here:
From hundreds of participants, one family has now been selected to be the model for the new public sculpture. The Jones family consist of two sisters, Roma and Emma, both single parents, and their two sons Kyan and Shaye. The selection panel was greatly impressed both by their commitment to Birmingham and the evolving nature of the concept of family.
"I really liked how Roma and Emma Jones spoke of their closeness as sisters and how they supported each other. It seemed a very strong bond, one of friendship and family, and the sculpture puts across that connectedness between them. A nuclear family is one reality but it is one of many and this work celebrates the idea that what constitutes a family should not be fixed."
“We feel truly amazed and honoured to be chosen to represent what it means to be a family in Birmingham. We feel it highlights that family is an indestructible bond between people that is universal and it doesn’t matter how it is made up or what it looks like.” The Jones Family
In Spring 2014 the process of making the sculpture began and it was unveiled on Thursday 30 October in Centenary Square, outside the new Library of Birmingham.