Public spirit to be restored by art

Posted by ap507 at Jun 09, 2014 11:20 AM |
Power of sculpture exhibition to inspire explored at free outdoor exhibition open to the public
Public spirit to be restored by art

Credit: Steve Russell Studios Ltd; ‘Melancholia II’ by Hanneke Beaumont

The Botanic Garden is to be transformed into an inspirational outdoor gallery for world-class artists dedicated to the visionary landscape of Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor at the University.

Professor Burgess retires in September after 15 years’ service during which he has transformed the University making it one of the leading institutions in the country, consistently ranked in the top 20 and winning many accolades – including Queen’s Anniversary Prizes and the title of University of the Year.

A total of 45 sculptures by 33 carefully selected, internationally-acclaimed artists will be on show from June 15 to October 26.

This year’s exhibition includes the work of new sculptors as well as those who have participated in previous years. The work of UK-based, as well international sculptors is featured – there is a return of sculptors from the Italian sculpture centre, Pietrasanta, which was celebrated in the 2003 show.

Art is expressed in the many nationalities of the artists through a mixture of figurative and abstract work and using a variety of materials – marble, stone, wood, steel, resin, bronze and cast iron.

'The Visionary Landscape of Professor Sir Robert Burgess’ runs from June 15 to October 26. The visitor entrance is on Glebe Road, LE2 2LD. The garden is open seven days a week, 10am to 5pm. Entry is free, except on special event days. The paths are suitable for wheelchairs and there are accessible toilets.

Explore 'The Visionary Landscape of Professor Sir Robert Burgess’ on the exhibition website.