Industry and Genius, Birmingham

Industry and Genius

Industry and Genius

A sculptural tribute to atheist printer John Baskerville.

On the columns of Portland Stone are reversed bronze letters spelling ‘Virgil’, the Roman poet whose works were printed by Baskerville in the famous typeface that bears his name, in 1757.

The name ‘Industry and Genius’ is taken from a poem praising the printer which was published in 1751 in the Aris’s Gazette – one of Birmingham’s earliest newspapers.

The artist is David Patten, born in Birmingham in 1954, and the monument was placed in Centenary Square in 1990.


Industry and Genius is located in the public Centenary Square between Birmingham’s Hall of Memory and Baskerville House.

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