THE SS JOURNEY
The piece was inspired by the journey made by Lukes family friends who made the epic sea crossing from Jamaica to Handsworth in the 1960s, however it speaks to everyone who has come from other parts of Britain or further afield and chosen to make Handsworth their home.
The figure on the bow of the boat is cast in bronze. Hector Pinkney MBE, known to many locally as ‘Mr Handsworth’ modelled for the figure and his reputation of giving a warm welcome to young and old from all communities to the neighbourhood he so dearly loves echoes the aims of the Arts Trail.
ARTIST LUKE PERRY
Luke Perry is a sculptor, working primarily in metal work and is a Director of Industrial Heritage Stronghold, a not-for-profit company based in The Black Country. Luke’s work celebrates the rich industrial history of the region, using community engagement to shape the design and meaning of his artwork.