"We have had two terrific meetings with Birmingham Airport and Barclays," he said. "Birmingham Airport have offered massive support for what we are trying to do.
"If we Arizona Cardinals Cap can be successful then we will start the fund big time it will be a big chunk coming into the fund.
But Mr Pitchford said he remained hopeful the council may be able to do more as the project progressed, particularly as council leader Albert Bore had assured him of his support, and he has now submitted a briefing report to the council for consideration. To get the ball rolling Mr Pitchford said he hoped to see two 'quick fixes' that would whet the appetite for what was to come.
Glyn Pitchford, trustee and vice chairman of Birmingham Civic Society, acknowledged raising the 1 million or more required to fund it would be no mean feat.
Another quick fix would involve relocating the City of Birmingham locomotive on display at the Thinktank museum to an outdoor public location.
At a public forum on the project at Birmingham's Council House, Mr Pitchford called for at least ten 'big hitters' to sign up to a steering group to raise the funding and urged the city's business community to become stakeholders in the project.
He said: "There are two major challenges, firstly the raising of funds and secondly public opinion, we need the public to Adidas Cap Dark Blue
An ambitious scheme to create a major piece of public art and put Birmingham on the cultural map has been given the green light by the organisation behind it. The trustees of Birmingham Civic Society officially endorsed a 1 million plan called The Birmingham Big Art Project with the aim of creating something "innovative and highly visible" that could become the Statue of Liberty or Eiffel Tower of the city.
A variety of potential funding sources will be explored, with the scheme aiming to attract sponsors and benefactors, as well as applying for Arts Council England and charitable trust grants.
"Barclays, likewise, are giving big support in terms of what help they can offer."
Fundraising initiatives apart, the next key event will be an autumn meeting to gain an insight from the art world on the project.
brief for the artist."
Both were ideas put forward at the recent public forum and the first would see the recreation of a scene from the 1960s film The Italian Job where Birmingham made Mini cars travelled down a set of steps of Victoria Square.
It has made it clear it will not be able to contribute financially and there are now question marks over the level of assistance it might be able to offer.
"Paul Kehoe, the airport's CEO, has offered a number of exciting sponsorship opportunities.
With a steering group now up and running, the pace of the project is now likely to pick up, though uncertainty remains about what role the city council will play.
1m vision to create a symbol of Birmingham
With a desire for the artwork to be connected to the city ideas put forward at the recent public forum ranged from utilising the city's BT Tower in some way to sculptures commemorating some of the city's famous figures like Herbert Austin or JRR Tolkien.
want this to happen.
"You can see they would want to though, as putting Birmingham on the map is something that could help them too.
"The idea is to get people who have artistic expertise from Birmingham and beyond to come and talk to us about high profile commissions they have been involved in.
"But what I am saying is we can't ignore public art, even in the poor economic climate we are currently in."
"The quick fixes demonstrate we can do something now they're not the big project but something that will excite people," said Mr Pitchford.
"We will be having a meeting revolving around artistic curators and Gavin Wade of Eastside Projects has kindly agreed to host it," added Mr Pitchford.
The society wants to create something that reflects the city's character and can be enjoyed by tourists, art lovers and successive generations.
But he was confident the artwork will come to fruition and said offers of assistance from two of the region's corporate heavyweights had already proved the perfect start. Birmingham Airport and the regional arm of Barclays Bank have both Nike Hat
But he also keen to counter any impressions public funding will be used and believes it is vital the public are behind the scheme.
But the man tasked with spearheading the project is under no illusions of just how difficult the road ahead will be.
offered to help, though with discussions at a preliminary stage, Mr Pitchford said he was unable to reveal any further details.
"In due course we will be trying to bring on board a specialist artistic curator who would project manage the commission and write the Adidas Cap Chicago Bulls
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