New Street Central station and the Ikon gallery 

After the library I decided to visit the Central Station – which I noticed was very reflection  friendly when arrived in Birmingham last night . The outside of the building  is covered in metal panels that break up the reflections of buildings etc in the surrounding area. Sunlight  also reflects off the metal and it dances on building across the way. 

The ceiling of the station 

Out side the building I came across some lovely reflected light that I could not stop taking pictures of 

I looked up – unfortunately I didn’t realise that I wasn’t quite in focus until later 

I tried to do a panorama round a corner – it doesn’t quite work but you get the idea 

The Ikon gallery is a white space inside a converted Neo- Goethic building ( I had to look it up ) I was fascinated by the stairwell 


Birmingham Library in November –¬†

Jon is at a meeting in Birghmingham this week so I have come down for the ride – we are staying at the Novotel in the city centre. The view from the room wasn’t very inspiring so I needed to fiddle with it in my IPhone apps 

Checking in on my location  near Brindley Place – I am minutes from the canal, the Ikon art gallery and the Birmingham library. 

The Library and Ikon don’t open til 11am –  I walked to the library – its highly decorated and new, I walked around it and inside as much as I am allowed until 11am 

 I walked through the symphony hall mall and on my 

 way spotted some nice sculpture,  and  a man made lake …. with ginkgo leaves that remind me of Korea. 

Typically sitting and drinking coffee the sun has come out 

My location today courtesy of the Ikon exhibition catalogue September- Nov 2016 

A sneak peak of the library internal architecture 

At 11am I travelled up the floors to the secret garden and Shakespeare’s Memorial room – which was a surprise after all the modern concrete . Below are an illustration in a stairwell, the lift from the main library up to the secret garden and some layers on the way up.

The secret garden and views from the top 

Shakespeare’s memorial room – the lift was out of order so I had to climb up 90steps to the garden and another 46 to the memorial lol- it was as worth the climb