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ID number: BIRRC-A0929
Institution: Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection: Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker: Paolozzi, Eduardo (1924-2005)
Title / Object name: Faraday
Object type: Sculpture
Date made: 2000
Commissioned to mark the centenary of the University of Birmingham's Royal Charter. Cut into the bronze on the base are inscribed lines from 'The Dry Salvages' by T.S. Eliot; 'Here between the hither and the further shore / While time is withdrawn, consider the future / And the past with an equal mind.'
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi said of this colossal bronze sculpture, commissioned to mark the centenary of the University of Birmingham’s Royal Charter, that it was ‘not of Faraday, but for him’. Faraday discovered the laws of electro-magnetic rotation and electrical induction and, among many other principles, explored the science of terrestrial magnetism. The loops of bronze between the figure’s hands are a visual manifestation of natural fields of force.
Paolozzi has here articulated the achievements of all experimental scientists who unlock and transform understanding of natural phenomena, and has also created an allegorical figure representing the control of power. His figure of another great scientist, Newton (1997), stands outside the British Library.
Cut in the bronze around the base of the figure are lines from The Dry Salvages by T.S. Eliot. These reflect upon growth and change, and bear a valuable message for all University students:
‘Here between the hither and the further shore
While time is withdrawn, consider the future
And the past with an equal mind.’
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