SELF-taught Solihull-born sculptor Luke Burton has embarked on a journey to create a wall-like sculpture to represent the solidarity of the world called The Connection.
The sculpture, a stainless-steel four wall structure which points to the four corners of the earth, is planned for Broadway Plaza, Birmingham.
There will be an installation of a single stainless steel brick at Broadway Plaza in January 2020, for the public to view until the full structure is completed later that year.
Luke, who uses recycled material aluminium, stainless steel, copper and titanium to create his work, said: “My aim is to see The Connection grow organically brick-by-brick in front of our eyes.
“We all have the opportunity to have a name or message engraved on the bricks as we are the building blocks of a better future.”
This is Luke’s most ambitious project to date and then he hopes to install sections of The Connection wall in other countries.
Natal Chapman, centre manager said:“Broadway Plaza are delighted to be the starting point of this fantastic project. We encourage visitors to find out more about the installation and are looking forward to seeing the journey of this project.”
Luke was recently at chef Marco Pierre White’s restaurant at The Cube in Birmingham where they allowed him the use of their champagne room as his studio for the day to create a section of the first piece. One of the first engraved bricks is now on display in the restaurant.
The Radisson Blu Birmingham is also working with Mr Burton to host a red carpet event for when the sculpture will be publicly unveiled later in 2020.
Luke says the artwork is supporting four UK charities – Charlie Ramsey Research fund for children born with complex congenital heart defects, Cancer Research, Dreams and Wishes and the Salvation Army.
He welcomes members of the public, celebrities and companies to become involved by purchasing a space and engraving a brick with a name, message or logo.
Luke, who has dyslexia, did not attend art school or study for an art degree. After dropping out of school at 10 he was privately tutored and despite gaining no qualifications has travelled extensively and successfully harnessed his energy into art.
His previous works include a 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sculpture, Believe, now at the NEC.
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