National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Bull Forms


Type Sculpture

     Illumination from behind provides a bold silhouette by night, whilst the overall geometric appearances of the bull forms are characteristic of the Pop Art Movement. As emblems they refer not only to the ancient market locality there, after which the shopping centre was named, but also were seen locally as Showing to the world the symbol and determination of new Birmingham.
     Commissioned by Laing's Architects Department, contractors for the architects of the Bull Ring Shopping Centre, Sydney Greenwood and T.J. Hirst. The size and location of the bull forms were specified but the artist was responsible for surface texture, design, manufacture and instalment.(1) Four were made, each sculpture was cast in one piece from a polystyrene mould onto a metal frame and each weighs nine tonnes.(2) The sculpture on St. Martin's House was damaged by fire in 1983 and has been restored. Three of these have now been removed, their location unknown, the only one left is on the Bull Ring Centre. Copplestone produced a large painted mural for the inside of the shopping centre at the same time, which was removed to make way for advertising hoardings.(3)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Copplestone, Trewin Sculptor
Laing's Architects' Department, None Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculptures Fibreglass, bronzed 2m high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx090 BM
General condition Not Visible
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Smallbrook Queensway
Precise location Bull Ring Shopping Centre, exterior facades and St. Martin's House
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1963
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Laing's Architects' Department
Duty of care Birmingham City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Don't know

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