Spiral Nebula

  • Description

    "..... 'Spiral Nebula' is the title commonly used for this work within the University, though 'Swirling Nebula' has also been given.(1) It stands in front of Newcastle University's Herschel physics building, designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in March 1962.(2) (Spence and Clarke collaborated on a range of other projects in the 1960s, notably at Coventry Cathedral and Newcastle Civic Centre.) 'Spiral Nebula' was originally finished in a shiny aluminium coating, but Spence thought that it distracted attention from the physics block and after a month the sculpture was flame blasted, waxed and painted grey.(3) Viewed in relation to the Herschel Building's use, the sculpture can be taken as a symbol of the scientific advances made in the 1960s, especially in relation to space travel."
  • Owner

    Public Monuments and Sculpture Assocaition
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
  • License

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  • Further information

    Link: https://www.vads.ac.uk/digital/collection/PMSA/id/1724/rec/1
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 7 years, 5 months ago
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    Picture Taken: Unknown
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