'Flight' sculpture symbolises Vice-Chancellor's legacy

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Dr Blumenfeld and Professor Burgess unveil the sculpture.

'Flight' is a major bronze work by sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, one of Britain's leading contemporary sculptors working in marble and bronze.

It was unveiled at the entrance to the University’s David Wilson Library on 7 February, at a ceremony attended by University staff and local dignitaries.

It is intended to symbolise the legacy of the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess who retires in September after 15 years’ distinguished service as the longest serving Vice-Chancellor in the University’s history.

Dr Blumenfeld made the piece in 2011 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the University’s successful Sculpture in the Garden exhibitions – which she helped establish with Professor Burgess.

With FLIGHT I wanted to simplify the human form to its absolute essence and to create a sense of the merging of physical and spiritual presence. FLIGHT is about reaching upwards, about aspiration, about the existence of a higher realm of being. I am very pleased to have FLIGHT standing at the entrance to the David Wilson Library. It seems not only a beacon welcoming one into the library, but more important, a symbol of the spirit that has energized the University of Leicester particularly in the years that Professor Sir Robert Burgess has been Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

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