Campus sculpture is inspired by science

Form A, 2017

A new sculpture inspired by the University’s health and life sciences research has been installed on campus.

‘Form A’ by artist Susan Forsyth is located on the plaza between the William Henry Duncan Building and the Ronald Ross Building on West Derby Street, and opposite construction for the new Royal Liverpool Hospital.

The installation marks the completion of an ambitious £60m redevelopment project that has transformed this area of North Campus over the past few years, with the two state-of-art buildings now home to hundreds of scientists working at the cutting edge of health and life sciences research.

The striking abstract design is 10m tall and features two tall planes of steel that do not touch so as to suggest the individual strands of a replicating chromosome.  Each of the sixteen individual plates is laser cut from solid 20mm nuclear-grade stainless steel and the sides of the sculpture have been polished to highlight the beauty of the industrial material.

Susan commented: “My work is always specific to its setting. I studied some bioscience in my undergraduate years and the two slender, counter-posing planes have been inspired by the ground-breaking research taking place at the University. The scale of the sculpture is designed to respond to the lines of the building almost to the millimetre.”

Susan Forsyth FRBS is an Irish-born artist specialising in site-specific public art projects. She is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and has previously shown her participatory exhibition ‘Art Sheds’ at the University’s Victoria Gallery & Museum and Ness Botanic Gardens.

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