A sculpture named “Strength of the Hijab” is all set to be installed in the streets of Smethwick, in the heart of the West Midlands, later this year. This creative masterpiece is believed to be the first of its kind globally, paying tribute to women who wear hijab and symbolising their right to love and respect, regardless of their choice of outfit.
Designed by the artist Luke Perry, the sculpture "Strength of the Hijab" is remarkable at five metres (just over 16 feet) and weighs approximately a tonne.
It is embellished with powerful inscriptions, “It is a woman's right to be loved and respected whatever she chooses to wear, which establishes the core message of the artwork.
The sculpture’s installation is scheduled for either October or early November this year near Brasshouse Lane.
Strength Of The Hijab Sculpture
The initiative was spearheaded by Legacy West Midlands, a registered charity devoted to celebrating the rich heritage of post-war migrant communities in Birmingham.
Artist Luke Perry, the visionary behind this remarkable art work, shared his insights with the BBC. He explained that the strength of the hijab is a piece that represents women who wear hijabs with the Islamic faith, and it’s been put up there because it is one of the most underrated parts of the community but a significant one. He also pointed out the need for visibility and inclusivity in our society.
The project follows Perry’s former work, “The Black British History is British History," which he co-designed with Canaan Brown. It was installed in Winson Green in May of this year.
Unfortunately, the art piece faced demolition shortly after its installation. However, Perry remains absolute in his commitment to represent all facets of the diverse community in the United Kingdom.
Perry acknowledged that the "Strength of the Hijab" might stir controversy, but she also firmly believed in the importance of unity and representation.
Despite the potential controversy, the initial reaction to the sculpture has been extremely positive. This innovative artwork that serves as a symbol of diversity and unity reminds us all of the value of embracing our differences and standing together as a community.
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