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Under The Sun

Under The Sun is a gateway sculpture commissioned by Birmingham City Council to celebrate the cultural diversity of Handsworth's communities and was undertaken in partnership with Handsworth Traders Association, Soho Road businesses, St. Michael's Church and local people. It mark a key stage in the economic and environmental regeneragtion work in Soho Road ad Handsworth and was officially unveiled on 11 February 2010.

Symbolism and meaning

The sculpture is reminiscient of chronometric and navigational instruments. The central 'Coin of Colours' makes reference to Matthew Boulton's coins developed at the Soho 'manufactory' for the British colonies in Africa and India. Its colours allude to those of the African, Asian and European climates and landscapes. The three figures at the top join hands in a universal dance across the sky, bridging their territorial histories. As the sun rotates overhead, their shadows and the observer's shadow will always be cast in the same direction.

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