Parson's Polygon

  • Description

    Detailed entry about the monument. "A hexagonal structure with sloping roof, covered in red tiles which are now rather blackened. These are moulded in two designs, each repeated three times around the work, depicting abstracted cog and machine parts. 'Parsons' Polygon' is essentially a ventilator shaft for the metro station below, with the terracotta cladding made from the same clay used for Eldon Square's bricks. Supported by the organisations listed on its accompanying plaque, it was commissioned by TWPTE for its 'Art on the Metro' scheme.(2) It is the only Metro artwork that is sited outside a station and in a public thoroughfare and as such is not readily associated with the Metro below. Hamilton wrote a comprehensive explanation of the 'Polygon's genesis and meaning. In it he refers to Parsons's lack of fame relative to pioneers such as Watt, and states that he wanted to reflect the achievement of this local engineer by using early drawings of turbine designs as a source. He said that....."
  • Owner

    Public Monuments and Sculpture Assocaition
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 1 year, 9 months ago
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