A collection of black jesmonite and print products celebrating the iconic Central Library, Birmingham- a true brutalist great. Limited to 25 sets.

The brutalbox:BARBICAN includes:

-cast black jesmonite Central Library mini (50mm wide x 50mm deep x 40mm high approx)

-cast black jesmonite Paradise Place relief (50mm wide x 50mm deep x 8mm high approx)

-3x postcards

-2x brutalist top trump cards


-comes gift boxed

Please note:

Our sculptures are individually hand cast. This means that each piece will have distinctive markings and minor blemishes due to air bubbles. This is a natural part of the material and will mean that no two pieces are every exactly the same.

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Birmingham Central Library was opened in 1974 as part of a new civic centre scheme located in the west of Birmingham’s city centre. The building was designed by architect John Madin as part of a vision to modernise the city. It was the first of a new kind of library which acted as a multi-functional complex including a theatre and lecture rooms and with adaptable spaces to allow for the predicted changes in how public libraries would work in the future. When opened it was the largest non-national library in Europe and its inverted ziggurat form made it one of Birmingham’s most prominent modernist buildings.

John Madin's Birmingham Central Library was demolished in 2016 and sadly lost as an iconic example of British Brutalist architecture. The design was internationally recognised and after many attempts to get listing status preserving the building Birmingham City Council gave permission to demolish and redevelop the site. John Madin's designs helped to transform Birmingham throughout the 1960's and 1970's and our concrete sculpture commemorates the controversial but spectacular architecture of his Central Library.

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