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

Byline: Neil Elkes

CITY planning bosses decided beauty is in the eye of the beholder after voting through a new eye-catching sculpture dedicated to historic industrialist Matthew Boulton.

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 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.

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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Date:Jun 9, 2009
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