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Piece of art given the OK; SCULPTURE: Planners agree.

Byline: Neil Elkes

CITY planning city planning, process of planning for the improvement of urban centers in order to provide healthy and safe living conditions, efficient transport and communication, adequate public facilities, and aesthetic surroundings.  bosses decided beauty is in the eye of the beholder after voting through a new eye-catching sculpture dedicated to historic industrialist Matthew Boulton Matthew Boulton (September 3, 1728 – 18 August 1809) was an English manufacturer and engineer.

Boulton was born in Birmingham, England where his father, Matthew Boulton the elder, was a "toymaker" (a manufacturer of small metal articles of various kinds).

The 12 foot tall sculpture, to sit at the top of Soho Hill in Handsworth, features a disc on top of two metal legs with a plaque inscribed on a metal infill disc with 'under the sun our shadows point in the same direction'.

At certain parts of the day the inscription will be cast as a shadow on the ground below.

According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 its creators public artwork represents global unity, industry, equality and is inspired by Boulton and his industrialist colleagues who were members of the Lunar Society
For society on the moon, see Colonization of the Moon.
The Lunar Society was a discussion club of prominent industrialists, natural philosophers and intellectuals who met regularly between 1765 and 1813 in Birmingham, England.

But members of the planning committee described it has 'awful'.

Coun Ian Ward (Lab, Shard End) said: "You show people any piece of public art and 95 per cent of them say it's awful. Our ideas about art are all different. But local people have been working on this, the community has been consulted and in matters of art who are we to say we are right and they are wrong." He was backed by Conservative councillor Bob Beauchamp (Erdington) who said: "It is quite a significant location at the top of a hill, right by Matthew Boulton's home, Soho House.

"In my mind it is so unappealing, but clearly beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There has been community input." They approved the artwork..
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 9, 2009
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