NZ2464 : 'Spiral Nebula', Herschel Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

taken 5 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

'Spiral Nebula', Herschel Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
'Spiral Nebula', Herschel Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
'Spiral Nebula' was commissioned by Sir Basil Spence, architect of the Herschel Building, in 1962 and made by Geoffrey Clarke MA. The Herschel Building is shown here NZ2464 : Herschel Building, King's Road, Newcastle

Spiral Nebula' (also called 'Swirling Nebula') was originally finished in a shiny aluminium coating, but Spence thought that it distracted attention from the physics block and after a month the sculpture was flame blasted, waxed and the underlying steel painted grey. Viewed in relation to the Herschel Building's use as the University Physics Department, the sculpture can be taken as a symbol of the scientific advances made in the 1960s, especially in relation to space travel LinkExternal link

The sculpture was conserved by Jonathan Clarke on behalf of his father in 2012.
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Friday, 27 November, 2015   (more nearby)
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Friday, 27 November, 2015
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2468 6490 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.6861N 1:36.9563W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2469 6489
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