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Victoria Square, Birmingham
Photographs of Victoria Square which stands at the junction of three streets; New Street, Paradise Street and Colmore Row.

The statue that gave Victoria Square its name is by Thomas Brock and was made from marble. In 1951 a bronze cast was made.

In the middle of the square is a massive water feature - The River and her companions. In and around the fountain are four works by Dhruva Mistry.

The River - In the upper pool is a female figure representing the life force. The figure has been nicknamed The Floozie in the Jacuzzi. The River is one of the largest fountains in Europe with a flow of 3,000 gallons per minute.

Youth - At the bottom of the fountain are 2 smaller figures representing youth.

The Guardians - Two Sphinx-like animals made from Darley Dale stone.

Object Variations - Two abstract pillars, with lamps, complete Dhruva Mistry's design.

Also in Victoria Square is Anthony Gormley's controversial statue.

On the side of the square is the Grade I listed Town Hall which was designed by Joseph Hansom and built to house Birmingham's Triennial Music Festival. Built from Anglesey Marble, it is modelled on the temple of Castor and Pollux in Rome. It doubled for the Albert Hall in the film Brassed Off.

At the top of the square is the Grade II listed Council House built between 1874 and 1879 and designed by Yeoville Thomason.

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