The company behind the Norfolk-made Shackleton banjo named after Edwardian explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is to create a giant banjo sculpture on the edge of Norwich, which the company claims will become as famous as Newcastle’s ‘Angel of The North’.

The 50 metre tall banjo sculpture, currently under construction in the company’s Norwich workshop, will be placed in a key location near the A47 Southern Bypass and will be visible to traffic approaching Norwich from as far away as five miles.

Banjo of the East

Banjo of the East under construction in Norwich


World famous sculptors Anthony Gormley and Anish Kapoor, respectively responsible for the Angel of The North, and the Olympic park ‘Orbit’ sculptures, are both rumoured to be involved in the giant banjo project as consultants.

The Great British Banjo Company is the first production banjo manufacturer to operate in the UK in more than 60 years.

The company made headlines earlier this year when it raised over £48,000 ($76,000) to develop its Shackleton banjo on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The campaign was in the top two per cent most successful Kickstarter campaigns in any country since the platform was created. Now the company, founded by brand expert and author Simon Middleton plans to put Norwich firmly on the map as the British centre of banjo culture.

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