Can’t say enough how beautifully I think the Icon Gallery fits in with what’s around it. Gorgeous.
Well, it’s that time of year again, and yesterday I hopped on the Midland Red went to Birmingham to visit the Christmas Market and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city at Christmas.
I love Birmingham as readers will know, an attachment I developed as a teenager, but I’ve spent my life working there, passing through, seeing gigs, going to pubs and cycling around it – after decades I still adore the place.
It was a grey day that brightened up as the day went on, and by the time I visited the new library at lunchtime, it was actually quite lovely, but cold. I went to the ‘Secret Garden’, the vertigionous balcony garden on level 7, which had been closed due to ice the year before. It’s stunning, and I must get up there one night when it’s dark.
I love the plumes of steam, particularly from the chimney on the Icon Gallery.
The clashing architectures, busy streets and bustling market were wonderful, and reinforced yet again why I love this place so much.
As ever, loads more of this stuff on my 365daysofbiking journal.
Perspective is odd up here.
The ‘new’ New Street: this is a public face next to the ramp. The quality of finish is appalling.
How to you make a bull-cosy, and why, really?
The Icon Galley is the former school in Oozels Street. I love how well it fits into the cityscape.
Can’t get used to seeing tram tracks in formerly busy streets like Stephenson Place.
Brindley Place and beyond.
I loved how the sun caught the seam as it drifted from flues and vents.
On the far horizon, Walsall, and beyond, Castlefort.
Mime seems to be the new busking.
The old Central Library – another Madin work – will be gone in the new year. The revolution eats it’s children. Sad.
Tyseley Incineratior – I miss it these days.
Great view of the canal by the NIA.
Traditional German wooden toys always look a bit sinister to me, but I did like this chap. – this is how I imagine the Young David Evans.
It’s very high here. I didn’t care much for the glass barrier.
The Mailbox, Gas Street, and beyond to Lee Bank; a sort of economic progression.
The Post Office Tower looks sadly bare these days, stripped of it’s antenna.
The stallholder was polishing – yes polishing – these aubergines as I passed early doors.
Alpha tower, one of the most elegant examples of modernist architecture I’ve ever seen.
103 Colmore Row still dwarfs the city – due to be demolished, it’s a tour de force of Brutalism designed for Natwest by Birmingham architect John Madin and one of my favourite buildings.
Duck eggs are lovely, but too fragile to cart around Birmingham!
Down there, the city lives and breathes.
Give my regards to Broad Street.
Loved this ginger rag doll.
High above the ferris wheel, and nearly as high as the Hyatt.
This is not a spot for those afeared of falling.
Still hate the Cube.