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The Wrestlers

Edward Bainbridge-Copnall
1950

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Description

Granite sculpture of two wrestlers.

Information Sign

"THE WRESTLERS"
by E. Bainbridge-Copnall.

Between 1951 and 1974 some 250 Post graduate
students passed through the School of Thermodynamics.
On Professor Bannister's retirement they subscribed
for a small sculpture in grateful appreciation of his
outstanding scholarship in engineering applications;
his exceptional dedication to his students; and his
kindness and friendship.

Annotation

The leaflet of the Campus Sculpture Trail writes about this sculpture: "Wrestling lends itself to thermodynamics, a science which explores the relationships between heat and other mechanical and electrical forms of energy. A paradox is illustrated in the sculpture by the use of so obstinate a medium as granite, being carved to create the fluid movement of the grappling figures. The first impression is of a solid mass, but on closer inspection the two entwined figures become clear."

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Location (N 52°26'58" - W 1°56'0")

Item Code: gbwm071; Photograph: 24 June 2014
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