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31st July 2003
Bull rings the changes
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Bullring bull statue
The centre piece of Birmingham's new multi million pound Bullring Shopping Centre has now taken up residence.
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Bronze is ideally suited to interaction with the public, and its strength suitable to combat vandalism

The alloy of bronze (LG2) is approximately 85% copper, 5% tin, 5% lead and 5% zinc.

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A new giant bronze bull is the focal point of Birmingham’s new Bullring.

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Bull statue unloaded from lorry.

Designed by British sculptor Laurence Broderick, the bull is approximately 4.5 metres in length and about 6.5 tonnes. It is one of the largest bronze animal sculptures in the country.

The giant bronze bull will form the centrepiece of the new shopping complex when it opens in September. It arrived on the back of a lorry before it was lowered into place.

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Bull stature in his new home

"The Bull has a special place within our collective memory. It has always been featured as a focal point and gateway emblem for Birmingham throughout history.

"The objective of the sculpture is to reflect the characteristics of the trade and the market place that are synonymous with the Bull: courage, strength, potency, dynamism, movement, determination, nobility, pride," says sculptor Laurence Broderick.

Make sure you go along and take a look at the sculpture sited at the newly created Rotunda Square (still to be named officially) at the junction of New Street and High Street.

For more details on the sculptor and how the statue was created visit the following website: www.laurencebroderick.co.uk


 

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