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ID number:  BIRRC-A0681
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Bloye, William James (1890-1975)
Title / Object name:  Engineering Frieze
Object type:  Sculpture
Culture:  British
Date made:  1954
Materials:  Stone
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This stylised Art Deco relief is set around the central motif of a lightning bolt and cogwheel, which represent Electrical and Mechanical Engineering coming together. The ten figures on either side (all male!) hold engineering tools, including a drawing board and T-square, plans, books and a lathe. The tutors on either side are the only figures to break free from the upper frame of the relief, demonstrating authority, a device which Bloye borrows from Egyptian art.

The inscription at the base is from Tennyson’s poem Ulysses, exhorting eternally restless aspiration: ‘To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’

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