Student sculptures to highlight landmark anniversary

BA Fine Art student Kathleen Fabre The three pieces of public art, installed at the City, Telford, and Walsall campuses respectively, have each been designed by students from the University’s School of Art and Design.

The first sculpture, designed by BA Fine Art student Kathleen Fabre and entitled ‘The Breakthrough’, will be on display in the MI Building on the University’s City campus.

The second sculpture, designed by MA Fine Art student Robyn Snelling, is entitled ‘Maturity’ and was officially unveiled as part of the University’s “21 years of enterprise and employability” day at its Telford Innovation Campus on Wednesday 8 May.

The third sculpture was designed by fellow MA Fine Art student Judith Woods, and will reside at the University’s Walsall campus. It is to be called ‘Eye the Unconquered Flame”.

Speaking about her work, Kathleen Fabre said: “My sculpture ‘The Breakthrough’ is a progression from ‘The Untouchables’, a series of works I created in my first year, in both scale & site specificity.

“I felt ‘The Breakthrough’ was a befitting title considering its location – a building occupied by the University’s School of Technology. Aesthetically the rods protrude from the rectangular structure, akin to sparks going off in the mind. I hope it inspires the scientists who study and research there to make a breakthrough themselves!

“This is my first permanent work to reside in an architectural void. Despite designing the piece myself I had fantastic support and assistance in its construction from the University – particularly the staff and technicians on the Fine Art course.”

The pieces were commissioned to tie in with the University’s ‘21 and Proud’ series of celebrations, marking 21 years since the institution received University status.

More information about 21 and Proud.



Photo: Robyn Snelling at the Telford Innovation Campus with her sculpture 'Maturity'.

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Date Issued: Thursday 16 May 2013

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