Newtown Jewels
Newtown Jewels
Newtown Jewels
Newtown Jewels
Newtown Jewels

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The sculpture is formed of three interlocked rings, the bases of which are partially buried in the ground. The rings are all different and reflect the design of real pieces of jewellery. One is constructed of two pieces of metal set with semi-spherical dark red glass. Another is constructed from alternating sections in silver and black. The third, in gold, is mounted with nine glass discs set into a traditional style gem setting. This has the Birmingham assay mark symbolising the sculpture's close proximity to the Jewellery Quarter, a centre of the jewellery trade in Birmingham. The impetus for the sculpture was that local children wanted something to symbolise how precious the area is to them. Tom Grimsey worked with the children for six months in developing the design for the sculpture prior to it being placed in a newly re-developed playground.

Newtown Jewels




H 400 x W 400 x D 400 cm

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Acquisition method

commissioned by Newtown South Aston City Challenge, Birmingham City Council, and West Midlands Arts

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Birmingham City Council


Birmingham City Council

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Inscription description

plaque on ground, in front of the sculpture: "NEWTOWN JEWELS" / A sculpture by artist Tom Grimsey / 1998 / Commissioned by Newtown South Aston City Challenge, / Birmingham City Council / Department of Leisure and Community Services / and West Midlands Arts.


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