Osman Yousefzada’s public art commission transforms Selfridges Birmingham

Titled Infinity Pattern 1, the temporary architectural structure transforms Birmingham’s skyline, covering the iconic Selfridges building and injecting it with a bold colour palette of pinks and black, arranged in a striking tessellated pattern. This major public artwork – part of Selfridges long-established commitment to supporting creativity in the cities its stores call home – will remain in its completed state until the end of the year while the store undergoes renovation work. The work is co-commissioned with Ikon, who led an international competition to find the winning design and presented Osman’s first solo exhibition, Being Somewhere Else in 2018.

A radical new landmark for the city, Infinity Pattern 1 addresses the issues of race, labour and migration which have shaped Birmingham’s past and present. Contrasting the weight of these themes, the work also carries a deep sense of optimism, connectivity and hope. For Osman, who is Birmingham-born and the son of Afghani-Pakistani migrants, the work contains some autobiographical elements, but at its core it stages the concept of a world without borders, whether physical or in the mind, represented by the endlessly tessellating pattern.
The work is entrenched in autoethnographic elements of migration, community formation and how they happen, interact and settle. The work reflects my personal story and more widely my ethnic history and some of the symbolisms inherent to my culture. Osman Yousefzada
The commission is complemented by an in-store art exhibition, shop and art trail, co-designed and co-curated with Ikon, as part of an ongoing creative relationship between the gallery and the store. Read more here.

Images: Installation view, Osman Yousefzada, Infinity Pattern 1 (2021). Selfridges, Birmingham, UK. Photo by Jason Alden.

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