31st Oct, 2020

Redditch artist's work towers over the House of Commons

Ross Crawford 10th Sep, 2017

LOCAL artist and photographer Steve Pound is to have a piece of his work on display in the Houses of Parliament after an internet search by Redditch MP Rachel Maclean.

Steve, a member of Arts in Redditch and a regular exhibitor at the charity’s Pop Up Galleries, is known for his quirky portrayals of the iconic Headless Cross water tower.

And it is just one such image that will hang in Mrs Maclean’s parliamentary office in the Palace of Westminster.

Green Party member Steve said: “I am honoured to be commissioned by the MP. I have always been fascinated by the water tower. It’s a strange local landmark, which I see as a symbol of the town.

“I look at it not as a concrete monstrosity but as a symbol of creativity in Redditch.

“The thing about our water tower is that it’s crying out to be a flying saucer and I thought one day I will get this thing off the ground and see where it take me – and it’s taken me to the mother of all parliaments!”

He added that Mrs Maclean was aware of his Green Party credentials but the two had agreed to work together for the good of the town.

Mrs Maclean said: “I needed something to brighten up my office in Westminster and my accommodation down there and I came across Steve’s work.

“I found his images very attractive and I just loved of what he has done with the water tower in Redditch which is a real symbol of the town.”

She duly commissioned Steve to produce a work featuring both the iconic local landmark and the Palace of Westminster.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what he comes up with because I know it’s going to be really cool,” she added.

Steve’s work, including some of his water tower series, will be included in AIR’s next Pop-Up Gallery from November 23 to December 3, in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

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