They are some of Birmingham's cultural gems but for years have lain hidden from public view.
With no suitable public locations to display them, an abundance of artefacts have been in storage at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's facility in Dolman Street store in Nechells.
They include the likes of a statue of 19th century reformist George Dawson, the gates to the old central library and a statue of Victorian MP John Bright.
Now, the city's professional communities and senior councillors are working to take the wraps off the 'forgotten' art.
Ideas being considered include putting some of the works on display in locations around the Broad Street Improvement District area, and even in hotels, schools, colleges and business premises on a sponsorship basis. The BID scheme aims to raise money from the local business community to get the artworks back to their former glory and them on public display in the city.
Allan Sartori, director of the Broad Street BID and owner of the Rocket Club, said: "Art is culture and without culture we have no society.
"Birmingham has a rich cultural heritage which is sometimes overlooked, and the treasures that are in storage in Dolman Street really are a testament to this. It is incredibly disappointing that the works are no longer on display when they are crying out to be back in the public realm where they can be truly appreciated and enjoyed."
A committee of business and local authority representatives has been working on proposals for the future of the artworks.
Councillor Ray Hassall, city council cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said the local authority was tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the city's art and cultural heritage, while trying to get as much of it as possible in the public domain.
"As a city with a variety of public art, we are looking forward to working with the group to bring some of the pieces forward from the collection centre out into the public realm," he said.
"We do however have a duty of care to ensure that any items put on display are kept safe and in the future we will be looking at suitable pieces and possible locations for them, where they are not only protected but also appreciated to their full potential.
"While we do have a wide range of items in our stores, members of the public can tour the Dolman Street Collection Centre during our two free open days a year."
Although the idea is to site some of the works on the streets of the BID district and other main city streets, they will only be placed where the Museum and Art Gallery feels the displays are safe.
Former councillor and BID manager Mike Olley said it was fundamental to the culture of the city to unlock such a vast amount of quality art and give it a renewed sense of ownership back in the public eye.
Mr Olley said: "When we look around this city, it is amazing the amount of bright and colourful art there is displayed. However, this is the art of advertisements and buildings. What we are trying to do is unleash some of the great artworks produced for an artistic purposes and let their aesthetic value be enjoyed."
He added: "This is a very fun and rewarding project for everybody involved. It is at no extra cost to the council or the public. All we want to do is try and regenerate some of these pieces of art."