Always an England: Birmingham erects statue to unwed mums instead of native son JRR Tolkien
A Real Birmingham Family, a life-sized bronze sculpture featuring sisters Roma and Emma Jones, with sons Kyan and Shaye, is being unveiled today.
The statue has been created by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing and came after the subjects were chosen out of 372 families who applied.
It occupies a prominent place outside the new Library of Birmingham and came about after the Ikon Gallery raised £150,000 and scoured the city for the right family.
The project aimed to challenge the notion of what constituted a “real family” today and represent Birmingham’s cultural diversity.
h/t: Steve Sailer, who writes: “Sure, the city of Birmingham could have put up a statue of Birmingham’s J.R.R. Tolkien outside of Birmingham’s library, but what did J.R.R. Tolkien ever do to encourage reading?”
Posted by Charlotte Allen