A gilded statue of James Watt, William Murdoch and Matthew Boulton has been moved from the centre of Birmingham.

The piece – nicknamed “The Golden Boys” – portrays three of the city’s pioneering figures from the Industrial Revolution.

The golden statue has been moved to make way for a tram line extension. It is expected to be put back on display in a revamped Centenary Square later in 2018.

Watt came to the city to work with industrialist Boulton. Murdoch helped put the city on the map with his invention of gas lighting.

Gilded statue of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch – pictured in central Birmingham in 2006 by Oosoom at English Wikipedia.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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