A competition has been launched to name the Birmingham 2022 "Raging Bull" before it is moved to its new home at Birmingham New Street Station ©Getty Images

A competition to name the Commonwealth Games’ "Raging Bull" has been launched today before it is unveiled at its new home at Birmingham New Street Station this summer.

The nationwide competition, which will run for two weeks, will give the bull a permanent new name.

The much-loved centrepiece to the Opening Ceremony at Birmingham 2022 is undergoing major work to make it suitable for its new home inside the station.

The 10-metre-tall creation was seen by an estimated four million visitors while in its temporary home in Centenary Square last year and was designed in homage to the city's contribution to the Industrial Revolution.

The "Raging Bull" is currently in the workshop of special effects designers Artem ready for being put back on public display ©Network Rail

Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill, chair of Network Rail, said: "Much work has been going on to get the Bull ready for its new home at Birmingham New Street, where it will be a towering piece of art admired by the thousands of people who use the station every day.

"As the internationally recognised symbol of the hugely successful Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last summer, for which the railway family worked hard to make travel to and from the Games a success, Network Rail is honoured to be entrusted with this much-loved icon for public display."

Special effects designers Artem, which originally built the Bull, are re-moulding new parts so it meets fire regulations and fitting exciting new mechanisms so its head, eyes and tail can continue to move in similar ways to how they did during the Games.

"It has been an honour to remake the Bull so it can live on to remind everyone of the Commonwealth experience and the fantastic history that is locked up in Birmingham's past," Mike Kelt, chief executive of Artem, said. 

The "Raging Bull" attracted four million visitors when it was put on display at Centenary Square after the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony ©Getty Images

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, is eagerly anticipating the unveiling of the Bull at Birmingham New Street.

"It’s brilliant news that such a treasure will soon be returned - one that so perfectly captured the spirit of the 2022 Commonwealth Games we were so fortunate to play host to," he said.

"As well as being a delightful attraction for tourists and local people to marvel at and enjoy, the bull will always be a reminder of our success - spurring us on to even greater heights in the months and years ahead.

"I cannot wait to see it back home and I’m sure residents right across our region feel the same."

People can email their name suggestions to [email protected] with the top names due to be shortlisted on June 7 before the final name is revealed on June 23.