Monday, 23 March 2009

Totem gets pole position at iconic library

The University of Manchester’s world-famous John Rylands Library has commissioned a £40,000 piece of public art from Leicestershire Artist Derek Hunt. His 11 metre high “Totem” was the top choice from more than one hundred applications from across Britain, Europe and the United States.
Funded by the Oglesby Charitable Trust, the glass and steel sculpture will be installed in the Library’s new entrance wing close to the original 1890s building famed for its gothic architecture.
Derek’s design referred to the original Victorian colour scheme of John Ryland’s architect Basil Champneys, as well as iconic images from the library’s archive. The commission is a coup for the artist whose work is seen around the UK in mosques, churches, public buildings, theatres, schools and shopping centres.
He said: “I wanted to create a glass installation which would embody the spirit of the John Rylands Library, reflect and celebrate its many collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives, and help to create a sense of place.
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