The Gay Village Gateway (2012)


In 2012, Birmingham LGBT worked with a range of stakeholders to deliver a piece of public art, to act as a gateway feature to the gay village area around Hurst Street. Following an international design competition, won by Artists Robbie Coleman. A larger than life size diamond encrusted rhinoceros was sited on top of the Wynner House building.  By day it glitters majestically in the sunshine and by night a lighting system transforms it into a flamboyant and striking landmark for the Gay Quarter.

The sculpture references both the iconography of the gay rights movement and Birmingham’s long and illustrious history of jewellery making, the work’s fabulous mix of beauty, power and humour reflects both the city and the gay community.


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