Deaf Artist Olivier is living in Birmingham and is aware of Birmingham’s vast history. Olivier likes the gilded bronze statues of Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch by William Bloye and Raymond Forbes-Kings which stand on a plinth of Portland stone outside the old Register Office on Broad Street in Birmingham. The old Register office is now demolished but the statues are still there.
Olivier came up with an idea to create this artwork. Olivier often uses the hands to form art images. Using hand patterns and colours he created three golden hands, similar to the three golden statues. We know those men were very wealthy due their success in their businesses in Birmingham. Olivier liked the story about the famous King Midas who is remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. This came to be called the golden touch, or the Midas touch. This is why Olivier created two parts of the stories to one – Three Golden Statues for Three Golden Hands. Anything Watt, Boulton and Murdoch hands had touched turned into gold or wealth.
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