Ask any rock fan worth their salt who are the Godfathers of Metal and unanimously the answer will be Black Sabbath. Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill are heroes to many and their names and music will live long in the memory. Even more so now though, as a handmade stainless steel bench, featuring the faces of the original members, is due to be positioned on the renamed Black Sabbath Bridge across the canal on Birmingham’s Broad Street.
The bench itself is the brainchild of Egyptian architect Mohammed Osama, who became a fan of the band when he was just seven years old. It was created by fellow Egyptian Tarek Abdelkami, who is himself an illustrator and graphic designer. A commemorative event took place recently at St Lukes Church on Gas Street and Tony Iommi was present to see the bench for himself, which also features the phrase ‘Made In Birmingham 1968’.
It is being supported by ‘Home Of Metal’, who celebrate music born in the city and it is hoped the bench will create a new significant visitor attraction for locals and tourists. They are also holding a major Black Sabbath exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from June 22nd to September 29th 2019.