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Bull Ring Wind Wands, Birmingham, UK

Completed 2004
International Competition Winner
Client: Hamerson + Birmingham Alliance
Team: FoRM Partner in charge Igor Marko and Peter Fink + Techniker

Light wands are art features of the newly re-developed Bull Ring Centre Birmingham - the largest retail-led urban regeneration project in Europe. The wands a visual termination point of the strong urban axis between the St. Martins Square and the newly created Rotunda Square.

The 30m, 25m and 20m high wands animate the square and its surroundings with almost constant wind induced movement emulating the behavior of trees and plants. The mirror polished stainless steel leaves form a helical pattern when the mast are still and position them-selves onto the leading edge when the masts are swaying.

The Light wands are internally illuminated at their base and tip and a matrix of LED light points. The night time presence of the light wands is further emphasized by LED light illumination of the ‘tramline strips’ of black granite.