A hundred swimmers from across Birmingham are being invited to descend on Moseley Road Baths this weekend in a bid to highlight the plight of the threatened building.

Opened in 1907, the baths was designed by architects William Hale and Son and is grade II* listed which puts it in the top six per cent of all listed buildings in the country.

Only one of its two pools is working and the run-down building is due to close in September 2015 for good.

The 100 Swimmers photo event on July 20 is led by photographer Attilio Fiumarella and will see the empty Gala Pool filled with swimmers, photography fans, city heritage enthusiasts and community supporters.

A final image will be captured, emulating the Terracotta Army sculpture of ancient China and also completing a community photographic project called 'The Swimmers'.

Mr Fiumarella has been supported by the Some Cities bursary scheme and has been working to document the baths in Balsall Heath over the past few months.

The Italian-born, Birmingham-based photographer said: "The 100 Swimmers is an imaginary journey through the pages of our city's heritage.

"It is a chance to show the value of our history, a way to give a neglected community a voice, and offers a moment to understand that sometimes we need to slow down, look around and appreciate the incredible buildings we have inherited."

Some Cities is a UK social photography project which encourages residents and visitors to Birmingham to share images of people, places and events in the city via social media and online.

Since launching in November, the project has amassed over 100,000 images on subject matters such as portraits, skylines, wildlife, industry and religious ceremonies.

The 100 Swimmers event starts at 10am - email the100swimmers@gmail.com for more information and to reserve a place.

 

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