The award-winning Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester has recently used a donation from the estate of the late Douglas MacLellan, Head of Department, 1965-1988, to purchase a bronze sculpture by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
The bronze, called London to Paris, is a maquette of one of Paolozzi's most recent major commissions, an eight-metre-long, five tonne wooden flatbed locomotive, mounted on rails and carrying a giant head, a pair of feet, a pair of hands, and other parts.
This enormous wooden sculpture was installed in the courtyard of the Royal Academy on Piccadilly during last summer. The much smaller bronze maquette has just been installed in the MacLellan Room of the University Engineering Building.
Head of Department Professor Ian Postlethwaite said: “Paolozzi was previously invited by Douglas MacLellan to design a tapestry for the entrance of the Engineering Building.
“A friend of James Stirling, the building's architect with James Gowan, Paolozzi was happy to accept, and the tapestry has adorned the foyer since 1982. He was therefore only too pleased to be asked again to produce something for the Department. It was his idea to realise in bronze the maquette of London to Paris.
“Douglas's brother Donald and his sisters Louie and Elspeth are delighted that we have chosen to use the donation in this way. The Department is also pleased that it has obtained a work of such distinction from so famous an artist. Douglas would have liked it very much.”
The striking Engineering Building at the University of Leicester is a Grade II* Listed Building and was designed and built between 1959 and 1963.
NOTE TO NEWSDESK AND PICTURE DESK:
Please find attached a picture of the sculpture and a picture of the Engineering Building at the University of Leicester.
For more information, please contact Professor Postlethwaite on 0116 252 2547.
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