We Will Rise by Anne-Marie Byrne demonstrates how proud Luton is of its diversity and how, over the years, it’s become home to people from all over the world. The phoenix celebrates the rebirth of both the town itself and the individuals who have built new lives here. The dark smoky earth around the elephant’s feet represents the old lives that people have left behind, for whatever reason. Interestingly, the dark colour used is a special paint called Scorched Earth, which is created using ash collected from Kurdish fields in Iraq, where people’s crops were burnt. ‘From these ashes, hope and kindness rise’.