architecture, birds, Birmingham, black and white, Brutalism, Brutalist architecture, Chamberlain Square Birmingham, concrete, Everything is possible, John Madin, libraries, library, Lucy Mclaunchlan, Quotes, textures, Todo es posible
I didn’t have time to find the relatively new Library of Birmingham, designed by Dutch architect Francine Houben, but I did rediscover the former-Central Library on my walk up to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on Chamberlain Square. As you can see, the ground floor has been largely boarded up, but you can still see the birds painted by Lucy McLaunchlan on the side of John Madin’s Brutalist construction.
I don’t speak Spanish, in fact I don’t have a second language, so I photographed the motto “Todo es posible” with a view to looking up what it meant at a later date. A certain on-line encyclopaedia informs be that the library is due to be demolished in the July of this year, so the next time I visit Birmingham this heart warming message might well be a heap of rubble or a void where a building use to be, which is rather sad. Then again, “Everything is possible”…