Black Koan by Liliane Lijn
The White Koan is probably the best known sculpture on campus. Produced by the American artist Liliane Lijn in 1972 as part of the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation City Sculpture Project the work was purchased by the University and has been on campus, apart from temporary removal for refurbishment work, ever since.
As you can imagine any sculpture with internal mechanical working and encircled by neon does require constant upkeep to keep it in tip-top condition. Lijn conscious of this, in 1990 produced Black Koan a limited edition print for the University to help raise funds for its conservation. Working together with the printer Charles Newington at Editions Alecto, Liliane worked to produce an etching which Newington states “was as near to action painting as this printmaking medium could ever be” He also states that it was “a health and safety nightmare” as it was a production made in a toxic haze of orange fumes.
The prints were limited to an edition of 50 and measure 107cm x 70cm.
Traverse Me by Jeremy Wood
In early 2010 artist Jeremy Wood was commissioned by the Mead Gallery to map the University campus. He uses GPS technology to create intricate drawings across the real landscape. In a year of exceptional weather, Jeremy walked a total of 238 miles in snow, torrential rain and hot sun to create a map of the University estate.
He stayed in the Maths Houses on Gibbet Hill so the line through Tocil Wood to the Mead Gallery is exceptionally dark since it was walked so many times. As he worked his way across the fields he began to “draw” images associated with the University, from its crest, to a mortar board, to a globe in homage to the many “ international” centres that he encountered in his journeys.
The map was made into a signed and numbered limited edition print and we still have copies left for those interested. The prints measure 76cm by 50.5cm and are available in Blue or Gold.
Blue - Edition of 100 (20” x 30”) 1:5000 scale, unframed print £40
Gold - Edition of 5 (20” x 30”) 1:5000 scale, unframed print £50
The blue and gold GPS tracks are screen printed on Somerset Satin White 300gsm paper.
Anybody interested in either of the prints should contact the Deputy Curator on 024765 24731 or email email@example.com