Posted on September 21, 2023

Smethwick Sculpture to Celebrate Women Who Wear Hijabs

Sophie Madden, BBC, September 19, 2023

A new sculpture, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, has been designed to celebrate women who wear hijabs.

The artwork, called Strength of the Hijab, was designed by Luke Perry and will be installed in the Smethwick area of the West Midlands in October.

It is believed to be the first sculpture of a woman wearing the traditional Muslim head covering.


It was commissioned by Legacy West Midlands, a registered charity which celebrates the heritage of post-war migrant communities in Birmingham.

Mr Perry said: “The Strength of the Hijab is a piece which represents women who wear hijabs of the Islamic faith, and it’s really there because it’s such an underrepresented part of our community, but such an important one.

“They need visibility, it’s so important {snip}

Mr Perry has previously designed the Black British History is British History sculpture, alongside Canaan Brown, which was installed in Winson Green in May.