Millennium Point Trust’s mission is to support the people of the city by providing opportunities to learn and discover the world around them.  Our work centres on connecting people with opportunities, creating opportunities to develop and ensuring that the next generation’s aspirations are nurtured.   2016 marks our fifteenth anniversary and, over that time, we’ve not only welcomed millions through the doors of our iconic venue in Birmingham’s city centre but have worked with some of the region’s most innovative and exciting projects and organisations who have helped to us to realise our ambitions.

This summer, we’re thrilled to be supporting another great project and one that has the potential to engage with a wide range of people.

Brought to us by the same creative people behind last year’s Big Hoot, the Big Read is a literacy-themed arts event for schools and community groups across the West Midlands.

Teaming up with Thinktank – the city’s science museum, we were given a blank open book sculpture, and working with year 4 students from Nechells Primary E-ACT Academy; Birmingham-based artist Milan Topalovic has come up with something pretty spectacular.

Our bench takes inspiration from the recently-installed Ichthyosaur skeleton now on display at Thinktank and JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and uses the style of a classic 1950’s children’s book featuring dinosaurs.

Thinktank’s Visitor Services and Learning Team created a programme of activity alongside Milan, supporting the pupils as they developed their own fantastic beasts and creating histories for their creatures. Milan later incorporated these into the design of the open book bench. We can't wait to show you the finished result!

The bench will go on display alongside 11 other benches from other schools and organisations in Millennium Point’s atrium this summer and will form part of the indoor sculpture trail – in venues around the region.


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