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Commonwealth Games Sparks Heavy Metal Collaboration

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Demonstrating the best of Britain to the world, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has sparked a collaboration between GW and Midlands based sculptor Jacob Chandler.

The major event will be broadcasted throughout the world, welcoming representatives from 72 Commonwealth nations to compete in 283 events across 20 sports.

So, it’s no surprise that some of the Midlands’ most cutting-edge manufacturers are keen  to be involved. Having worked with Chandler previously on his sculpture, The Dancer, Grainger and Worrall have once again partnered up with him to support the manufacturing of his two-and-a-half-meter tall sculpture for the Birmingham 2022 Festival, the cultural programme for the Commonwealth Games.


poise and strength_compressed Jacob Chandler's sculpture, 'Poise and Strength.'


The sculptor explains why Grainger and Worrall’s traditional casting techniques is closely aligned with his family history – something that is a deep point of pride:

“My family worked in the foundries of the West Midlands. I still have my great, great Uncle’s foundry tools and an anvil from my grandfather’s time at the Lilleshall company. I am several generations on, still continuing the proud tradition of metal working that made the Midlands famous."

Excited to help design and cast the sculpture, Grainger and Worrall blend tradition with the latest technology, using their experience in design consultancy, tool design, and prototype casting to ensure that the initial phrases of the project are in expert hands.


Jacob Chandler_compressedJacob Chandler inspects a high quality printed pattern at Grainger and Worrall , ahead of having part of his sculpture cast in their precision foundry.


They have 3D scanned the piece, which is based on Paralympian Jonnie Peacock and footballer Ben Pearson, who have supported and collaborated with Chandler on his project. Their team of experts will then dissemble the scan into flat panels suitable for laser cutting and will cast a stylised blade.

Once completed, the work of art will be installed in Birmingham New Street station between 16th June and 5th September. 

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