The Job Centre, Bilston High Street

It is sad that one of the biggest new buildings in Bilston High Street is the Job Centre.  In its favour, it is not a bad building, though it is unfortunate that the ground floor presents such a lifeless front to a shopping street.  But the corner panel is a great compensation:

It may be ironic - even conscious irony - that the panel depicts the steel industry for which Bilston was famous, which was its major employer and which, on closure, was the greatest single cause of the need for a very large job centre.  Whether the panel is made out of tile, terracotta, sculpted brick, or what, I do not know.  Nor do I much care.  It certainly includes earth that was burnt at some time and that is good enough to get a good piece of public art onto these pages.

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