The Square as seen from above
The Flame of Hope, with the flame
Centenary Square is a
public square on Broad
Street in central Birmingham, England, named in
1989 in celebration of the centenary of Birmingham achieving city
status (in 1889).
Spirit & Enterprise, designed
by Tom Lomax.
The area was purchased in the early 20th century by the council for
the creation of a grand civic scheme to include new council
offices, mayor's residence, public library and concert hall. The
scheme was abandoned after the arrival of World War II
with only half of the planned
Baskerville House having been built.
The square is a work of art in itself, with paving, railings and
lamps designed by artist Tess Jaray
on the square cost £3.4 million.
The square was the centrepiece of the millennium celebrations for
the city with singer, Cliff Richard
lighting a beacon known as The Flame of Hope, which stands between
Baskerville House and The Rep Theatre. Problems with funding have
resulted in the flame regularly being turned off.
replacement of Birmingham Central Library is to be built between Baskerville House and The
A design competition will be held and the winner will
be commissioned to design the library.
All sculptures in the square were paid for by the "Per Cent For
Arts" scheme which only pays toward building costs if public
sculpture forms at least 1% of the entire building project.
- Sculptor surveys statue damage - BBC News,
23 April, 2003 (Retrieved 12 July 2007)
- BBC: You'll either love it or hate it - July 23,