Kurt Jackson sculpture unveiled at Tremough Campus
Renowned Cornish artist Kurt Jackson has donated his latest work to the University of Exeter for display on its Cornwall Campus. The sculpture is displayed in the reception area of the Tremough Campus, Penryn, which is shared with University College Falmouth under the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative. The sculpture, 'The Building Blocks of Cornwall', is one Kurt Jackson's latest sculptures, and will be officially unveiled on 17 June.
The sculpture marks a new development for an artist best known for landscape paintings. The three-metre-high artwork is made of granite, slate, oak and bronze, all of which are locally sourced.
Kurt Jackson, who lives in West Cornwall and is an honorary graduate of the University of Exeter, said: "This sculpture represents the materials from which the economy, culture, heritage and fabric of Cornwall was made. These four massive cubes, balanced higgledy piggledy like a child's stack of bricks, show the elements of chance and change with time and history."
The granite was quarried from Carnsew Quarry near Falmouth, and cut in Delank Quarry on Bodmin Moor. The slate came from Delabole Quarry, which is one of the oldest continually used quarries and at one time the largest man-made hole in Europe. The oak was grown near Saltash. The bronze is a blend of recycled copper and the last available Cornish tin, found on the shipwreck of the HMS Cheerful in Hayle Bay.
Professor Matthew Evans, Provost of the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus (Tremough) said: "Made of local materials, 'The Building Blocks of Cornwall' celebrates all that unique to this county. We are delighted to have it at the heart of our Campus where it will provide pleasure and inspiration to our students, staff and visitors."
Kurt Jackson was born in 1961, in Blandford, Dorset. The son of two artists, he was encouraged from an early age to paint and draw and he grew up exploring the hedgerows and streams of his surroundings, often sketching the animals he observed. Before reaching university age Jackson had travelled extensively throughout the world including the Amazon Rainforest and the Arctic Circle.
At university Jackson initially opted to pursue his interest in natural history, and he graduated from St Peters College, Oxford with an honours degree in zoology. However he spent most of his time attending art classes at Ruskin College or painting in the countryside surrounding Oxford. In 1983 whilst wandering the length of Africa for a year his obsessive approach to his art took shape. He and his wife Caroline then settled in Boscastle and in 1989 moved to West Cornwall where they live with their three children.
The Tremough Campus is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter now offers degrees in Biology, Modern Celtic and Cornish Studies, English, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and Renewable Energy on the Tremough Campus, which has expanded rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.
For further information please contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer, University of Exeter, on 01392 262062/07989 446920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University of Exeter is a partner of the CUC.
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