The figure of a 'typical' male commuter wears a bowler hat and a three piece suit, and carries an umbrella and suitcase. The statue is hollow and supported on a flat metal base and is entirely painted in a metallic silver colour.
This piece was commissioned by the Midlands transport company Centro as part of the refurbishment programme for Snow Hill Station. Since 1991 Centro have worked closely with artists on station refurbishment schemes and this life-size male figure of a a male commuter was originally devised for Canley station in Coventry.(1) It was decided that this image was not suitable for its location, since Canley is not a business area. Consequently, 'The Commuter' was erected for Snow Hill station, which is in the middle of the business quarter in Birmingham. The total cost of the piece was approximately £5,500, and was funded by Centro. (2) It was unveiled by the Right Honourable Neil Kinnock. (3)
' "The Commuter"/ by/ John McKenna A.R.B.S./ Sculptor/ Unveiled by/ The Rt Hon Neil Kinnock/ European Commissioner fro Transport/ February 9th 1996'
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