The Friends of Art at The University of Winchester unveiled its latest acquisition – The Dancers, a specially commissioned 2m high steel sculpture which looks out across the terrace of the brand new University Centre.
The Dancers is the work of talented new artist, Lucy Unwin who graduated with a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from Winchester School of Art in 2006. She received the commission last summer after her artwork was spotted in ‘Art in The Garden’ at the Harold Hillier Gardens in Ampfield, near Romsey.
“I love the energy and passion Lucy has captured in The Dancers,” said University Vice Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter. “This striking sculpture embodies our strong commitment to performing arts at Winchester. It also celebrates some of our outstanding achievements in this field.”
The sculpture was created by intertwining 5m lengths of steel rod in three different thicknesses, building the figures up like a jigsaw puzzle. The main difficulty in creating The Dancers was making the sculpture strong and self-supporting at the same time as infusing a sense of movement and lightness.
“I was absolutely delighted to receive this commission,” said 24 year old Lucy who works in both metal and stone. “The Dancers is a modern sculpture for a modern setting. As a new and emerging artist, I hope my piece reflects some of the vitality and ambition of the students on this innovative and contemporary campus.”
For more examples of Lucy’s work can be found on www.lucyunwinsculptures.com