One Giant Leap for Humankind sculpture at Birmingham New Street Station

We have worked with Network Rail to place an impressive sculpture by Jacob Chandler at Birmingham New Street station. The sculpture was created to commemorate the Commonwealth Games 2022, hosted in Birmingham. The One Giant Leap for Humankind sculpture ties in with an Augmented Reality initiative and is part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival so that people who cannot attend the Commonwealth Games due to disability can still feel part of it.

Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Jacob Chandler and Ben Pearson with the One Giant Leap for Humankind sculpture.
The official launch of the sculpture with Jacob Chandler and the para-athlete Ben Pearson, who inspired the sculpture.

The creator of the artwork, Jacob Chandler, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as the para-athlete Ben Pearson, who was the model and inspiration for the statue. The Mayor of Birmingham, Randall Woodfin, was also in attendance. A toposcope denoting the direction and distance to each Commonwealth country links the sculpture to the Commonwealth. 

Watch the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games sculpture creation video.

The Commonwealth Games begin on the 28th of July and will continue until the 8th of August.

Learn more about experiential space at Birmingham New Street station here.

Find more information on this AR initiative here:

This booking was made through our ACTIVATE programme.