The Southside Rhino

A commission for Southside Bid and Birmingham LGBT Trust 2012

The Rhino sculpture was a commission by Birmingham Southside and Birmingham LGBT. The Rhino is a permanent sculpture marking the gateway to the Gay Village area. It was installed on the Wynmer building in Birmingham in June 2012 by CN Artists Robbie Coleman, Em Butler and Vik Litton.

A rhino was the symbol of the gay rights movement in the US and rhinestones used reflect the history of the Southside of Birmingham as a jewellery quarter.

The Heart of the Rhino

A companion project by artist Jo Hodges. Messages, photos, music and videos were collected from the LGBTQ community and put together in a heart which is sealed inside the Rhino. The Rhino acts a permanent guardian to the stories.