Revealing The Reservoir


A reproduction of a series of large-scale artworks commissioned by Roundhouse Birmingham, the National Trust, Canal and River Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund. These artworks celebrate three special areas in Birmingham, following the stories, people and places throughout the passage of time. The first of the three celebrates Edgbaston Reservoir. I’m not sure if you’ve visited Edgbaston reservoir before, but if you haven’t you’re in for a treat ! The rezza as locally known, has been a beautiful inner city sanctuary for many, many years. It has a rich history, originally a small pool named Roach Pool in Rotton Park, it was extensively enlarged by Thomas Telford between 1824-1829 to supply water to the Birmingham and Wolverhampton Levels of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It is home to Midlands Sailing club and Rowing club and features the reknown ‘Tower Ballroom’, now derelict, but once a thriving Birmingham venue. Tower Ballroom opened in 1933, originally hosting a rolling skating rink, wrestling, boxing and dance competitions. Many live bands of local and international repute played here and is remembered fondly as a place where people met their sweethearts and future spouses ! Today it is still much loved by local residents and those further afield, who enjoy moments of calm and tranquility within its unique urban environment, soaking up the stunning views, the sunsets, the birdlife and nature around them. You’ll find runners, cyclists, dog walkers, perhaps gardeners lovingly maintaining the Orchard, planted by local residents - people of all ages meandering on the beaches, revealed when the water is low. The artwork I’ve created attempts to capture the spirit of the rezza, not only it’s unique history but it’s value in contemporary times. The artwork incorporates the collage work of local residents and weaves in the unique heritage and contemporary photography gathered through archival research. These are limited edition Fine Art giclee prints on archival paper, signed by the artist. Unframed, option to frame on enquiry.


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Artwork Details

Artist: Claire Cotterill
Medium: Digital Prints
Style: Contemporary
Subject: Urban

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