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ID number:  BIRRC-A0056
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Bainbridge-Copnall, Edward (1903-1973)
Title / Object name:  The Wrestlers
Object type:  Sculpture
Date made:  c. 1950s
Materials:  Granite marble
Measurements:  55.88 cm

Wrestlers (exhibited at the RA in 1950) is an energetic, biomorphic sculpture, which nestles among the plants outside the Mechanical Engineering Department. It is dedicated to Professor F.K. Bannister (1909-75), Professor of Thermodynamics, who founded the Postgraduate School of Thermodynamics.

Wrestling lends itself to thermodynamics, a science which explores the relationships between heat and other mechanical and electrical forms of energy. A paradox is illustrated in the sculpture by the use of so obstinate a medium as granite, being carved to create the fluid movement of the grappling figures. The first impression is of a solid mass, but on closer inspection the two entwined figures become clear.

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