Stylised Art Deco relief with in the center a motif of a lightning bolt and cogwheel, which represent Electrical and Mechanical Engineering coming together. On either side stand ten figures (all male!) holding engineering tools, including a drawing board and T-square, plans, books and a lathe. The tutors on either side are the only figures to break free from the upper frame of the relief,demonstrating authority, a device which Bloye borrows from Egyptian art. At the base is an inscription from Tennyson's poem
Ulysses, exhorting eternally restless aspiration:
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yiel
William Bloye (Cornwall 1890 - Arezzo 1975),
Sources & Information
University of Birmingham, Campus Sculpture Trail (PDF on-line).