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Birmingham Central Library screenprint by Simon Phipps.

twentytwentyone are very pleased to offer two new print editions by Simon Phipps. 

Following the critical success of his earlier series of Brutalist Prints, the new prints continue to focus on post-war British architecture.

The new prints feature Birmingham Central Library by John Madin and Trellick Tower by Erno Goldfinger. Simon Phipp's photographs are screenprinted on brushed aluminium to create an elegiac record of the Britain's architectural and design heritage.

“Simon’s images capture the excitement and dynamism of some of the most daring buildings of the post war period. Part elegy, part celebration these prints record some of my favourite buildings and ones which have been key campaigning cases for the C20 Society. The very deliberate decision to print onto brushed aluminium reflects the architects’ own intense interest in materials and the detailed quality of surface textures.”
Catherine Croft, C20 Society Director

“A great celebration of some of our finest architecture”
Elain Harwood, author and C20 Society Trustee

Birmingham Central Library was designed by John Madin, opening to great fanfare in 1974. Its monumental inverted-ziggurat concrete structure was immediately hailed as an icon of British Brutalism and over the years it established itself as a vital civic resource in the city's centre.

By 2012 it was the second most-visited public library in the country, receiving over one million visitors per year. Despite vigourous campaigns to preserve it as a much-loved municipal landmark, Birmingham Central Library was demolished in 2015 to make way for new development. 

Each screen print is in an edition of 25.

60w x 62.5cmh


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