West Bromwich statue is looking for a new home
Published on 27th July 2012
A well-known sculpture in West Bromwich town centre is looking for a new home after 22 years.
'I am the King of the Castle' is the name of the statue that currently sits outside Queen's Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich High Street.
The piece of art, which was unveiled on January 30 1990, depicts a lion on top of a castle which stands on the back of an elephant.
Because of the work being done on the entrance of Queen's Square Shopping Centre, the statue needs to be relocated and we want people to come forward with their suggestions.
Councillor Derek Rowley, Sandwell's cabinet member for jobs and skills said: "This is an interesting piece of art and we'd like to find it a new home. So if any community groups, charities or anyone else have an idea about where it could go, don't hesitate to get in touch with us."
We will arrange for sculpture to be removed and put on a new plinth at its new location.
'I am the King of the Castle' was created by artist Laura Ford who said the sculpture represented "heraldic imagery you may see in a town hall or civic space."
We are working with Fairacre to refurbish Queen's Square Shopping Centre. Work is expected to get under way later this year and will include a new entrance from West Bromwich High Street and much improved malls and other facilities.
If you have a suggestion for a new home for the statue, please let us know on our Sandwell Facebook page or Tweet us - @SandwellCouncil
You can also call 0121 569 4877.