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FIRST LOOK AT THE CUBE'S PUBLIC ART.

Byline: Jon Perks

ART lovers can now enjoy Birmingham's newest piece of high profile public art.

The Lovely People, by acclaimed spray artist Temper, aka Arron Bird, was unveiled on Tuesday in the atrium of The Cube.

The pounds 250,000 installation, which has taken more than two years to complete, features seven bronze figures of inspiring Brummies from a bravery award-winning firefighter to a Holocaust survivor.

Instead of faces, each figure has a large, red shiny heart.

"I'm measuring people on the size of their hearts, not their physical appearance," said former graffiti artist Temper, aged 39. "Globally people say Brummies are lovely people, so the idea came after that."

The life-size figures are the result of a painstaking process of sculpture and casting.

"They are real casts of the people, down to fingerprints and the hair on the back of their hands, the texture of their clothes," says Temper "It's all there."

Dotted around the atrium of The Cube, one figure is suspended in mid-air holding a balloon, another sits on a bench next to his sandwiches. Tem-per hopes to add a new person each year "I'd like to hand pick a person every year and keep growing The Lovely People 'family', because I think that would be a great idea." he said.

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Modern: Above and left, the new sculptures by Temper.
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