Information on public art formerly located at Snow Hill

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request some information regarding the John F. Kennedy memorial, Great Western Railway mural and “The Swing” sculpture removed from Snow Hill.

The May 2002 Snow Hill Development Brief from Birmingham City Council Planning Department outlined plans for redevelopment of the Snow Hill area. The brief stated:

"New settings should also be found for the John F. Kennedy memorial, Great Western Railway mural and “The Swing” sculpture."

I would like to know the answer to the following questions:

1) What is the current location and condition of the John F. Kennedy memorial, Great Western Railway mural and “The Swing” sculpture.
2) Regarding the above items, what plans have been made for their future? Including all internal minutes, notes and future plans the council may hold.

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If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Yours faithfully,

J. Hickman

Birmingham City Council

17 August 2009

Our Ref: FOI3264

Jon Hickman
[FOI #16937 email]

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1 September 2009

Our Ref: FOI3264

Jon Hickman
[FOI #16937 email]

Dear Mr Hickman
I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry requesting information
regarding the John F Kennedy memorial, Great Western Railway mural and
"The Swing" sculpture removed from Snow Hill, under the provisions of The
Freedom of Information Act 2000. You requested:

1) What is the current location and condition of the John F. Kennedy
memorial, Great Western Railway mural and ***The Swing*** sculpture.
2) Regarding the above items, what plans have been made for their future?
Including all internal minutes, notes and future plans the council may
hold.

On the 19th December 2005, outline planning consent granted in accordance
with application C/06465/01/OUT for office and residential development
with ancillary retail and leisure uses, car parking and associated highway
improvements at the surface car park adjacent Snow Hill Railway Station
and Snow Hill Queensway. The consent was subject to a S106 legal agreement
to secure with regard to public art:-

Permission subject to S106 and S278 legal agreements to secure: -

* remaking the Kennedy Memorial and temporary storage of the
artwork until the new home for the Memorial in Digbeth is available;

* relocation of the "The Swing" Sculpture; and,

* recording of the Great Western Railway Mosaic and transfer of a
representative section of the mosaic or facsimile to a location within the
development.

More recently, on the 20th August 2007, planning consent was granted in
accordance with reference number C/00393/07/FUL to vary one of the
conditions attached to the earlier consent to vary one of the conditions.
This consent was also subject to a S106 legal agreement with similar
public art requirements.

With regard to the 3 pieces of public art I understand that:-

Sections of the tiled Gt Western Railway were removed by the developers
before the roadworks commenced - the bulk however was buried in-situ with
soft sand used as immediate backfill to protect it should future
generations re-expose it. Additionally, the Mosaic was fully photographed
before the site was handed over to the roadworks contractor.

Certain important sections of the Kennedy Memorial were removed by Oliver
Budd (the son of the original artist Kenneth Budd) and are stored at his
studio. Oliver Budd has the original drawings and access to the original
suppliers of materials and it is proposed to install a remake of the
Kennedy Memorial in the Irish Quarter, possibly as part of the Beorma
development opposite Selfridges.

The Swing was to go into a Council storage depot, and this is currently in
safe storage at a depot pending the identification of a suitable
roundabout to put it back on.

For your information attached is the report to Planning Committee for the
Beorma scheme at Digbeth where it is envisaged the Kennedy Memorial would
be re-created.

The Planning Committee report for the Snow Hill scheme and S106 legal
agreements for both the Snow Hill and Beorma schemes are available from
The Planning section if required.

Internal notes, emails
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This was covered by Mike Taylor before he left. As far as I recall there
was a sample panel saved and plaques which was to be reviewed with
Ballymore. I suggest Mike Moss may be able to help or Doug Lee.

Chris Haynes
Head of Transportation Strategy
Birmingham City Council
1 Lancaster Circus Queensway
Birmingham
B4 7DQ
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I was involved with regard to the relocation of the JFK memorial which is
covered by the Snow Hill S106. Certain important sections were removed by
Oliver Budd (the son of the original artist Kenneth Budd) and are stored
at his studio. He has the original drawings and access to the original
suppliers of materials and was going to reinstall / re-create the mural in
the Irish Quarter - a number of meetings were held with the Irish Forum
before I left 2 years ago (Simon was involved as well at that time). Are
you aware of things moving on since or alternative locations been looked
at?

I think that Mike arranged for the Swing to go to a Council depot for
storage. However I'm not so sure about the Great Western Mural - I'll
contact Mike.

Thanks Doug.

Doug Lee
Development Planning Manager
East Development Planning and Regeneration Team
Tel. 0121 464 9858
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Some sections of the tiled Gt Western Railway were removed by Planners
before the roadworks commenced - the bulk
however was buried in-situ with soft sand used as immediate backfill to
protect it should future generations re-expose it.
I'm aware that it was fully photographed before the site was handed over
to the roadworks contractor ( Birse ).

Michael Moss
Resident Engineer
Transportation Projects
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Chris,

Do I recall that you know where "The Swings" are?

Mark Gamble
Principal Planning Officer
City Centre Development Team
It went into safe storage at a BCC Transportation Depot

My recollection was that this was a temporary home pending the
identification of a suitable roundabout to put it back on.

Regards,

Chris
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Dean Robinson
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Birmingham City Council
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Re Use of Public Sector Information
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simon gray left an annotation ()

I took a photograph of the Great Western Mural - you can see it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/star-one/25... (click on 'all sizes')