New tower honours renowned artist
A NEW piece of public art honouring a renowned Midland sculptor is to be installed at 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham’s tallest new office building.
The piece, called Equinox, is based on John Pickering’s work and will be suspended nine metres above the ground in the building’s four-storey colonnade.
Made from solid steel tubes, the sculpture weighs more than 1.5 tonnes and measures seven metres from tip-to-tip.
Specialist fabricators Structural Stairways, in Brierley Hill, Dudley, have manufactured the piece.
Pickering was born in Wolverhampton in 1934 and trained in classical sculpture and life drawing at
Bilston and Birmingham Schools of Art. After art school he worked as a stone carver on projects including St Philip’s Cathedral in Birmingham.
During the 1970s, he started using geometry and mathematical science, specifically the Inversion Principle, a mathematical principle dating back to late Georgian times, as the inspiration for his work. Pickering died in 2016.
Joint venture partners Sterling Property Ventures and Tristan Capital Partners commissioned George L. Legendre, in collaboration with architects Doone Silver Kerr, designers of 103 Colmore Row, to create the sculpture.
James Howarth, managing director of Sterling Property Ventures, said: “103 Colmore Row is a worldclass office building and having a sculpture by the late John Pickering on display for all to see really will be something special.
“It will be a stunning addition to the public realm area of the building, creating a real wow factor for visitors and passers-by.
“Most importantly, it will be a lasting reminder of John and his amazing work, which we’re extremely proud and privileged to have at 103 Colmore Row.”
Arthur Pickering, John Pickering’s surviving twin, said: “We are relieved and encouraged that, at long last, John’s art is being shown at the scale which he always envisaged. Despite failing health and crippling disability for most of his adult life, he worked relentless hours, performing thousands of calculations to make each one of his sculptures.
“We genuinely hope that Equinox will lead to a wider appreciation and interest from contemporary art curators in John’s life and work.”
103 Colmore Row boasts a twostorey top floor restaurant and ground floor café, both to be operated by D&D London, with 31,500 sq ft of flexible office space on the first, second and third floors managed by workspace provider x+why.
Wealth management group Tilney Smith & Williamson has agreed a ten-year lease on the 14th floor.
Building work will is scheduled for completion in November.