University sculpture receives listed status

  • Description

    "....Spiral Nebula has the appearance of being constructed from wooden slats but Clarke used a pioneering technique to create it. Using aluminium rather than traditional bronze, Clarke adapted the long-established 'lost wax' method by carving polystyrene moulds with a heated instrument and then casting molten metal, which vaporised the polystyrene. Yet, when the sculpture was unveiled, it caused a dispute between Clarke and Sir Basil Spence, the architect responsible for the Herschel Building as Spence thought that its waxed finish distracted attention from the building. A month later, the sculpture was flame-blasted and painted grey....."
  • Owner

    Newcastle University
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
  • License

    What does this mean? Unknown license check permission to reuse
  • Further information

    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 6 years, 3 months ago
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    Picture Taken: Unknown
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