An update on the IMH’s sculpture from Victoria Tischler the Institute’s arts co-ordinator :
We’ve now commissioned Ekkehard Altenburger to create a sculpture for the building. See an image of his initial design and concept here http://www.institutemh.org.uk/-about-us-/art-at-the-institute and examples of his work here http://www.altenburger.co.uk/.
Ekkehard will be sourcing marble in the North of Italy next week and he will be working there over the summer to create the piece which will weigh over 6 tonnes when completed. It will be transported directly to the IMH via road and sea in late October ready for its unveiling in November. He will hold a number of sculpting workshops with service users in the Autumn, using pieces of marble cut from the block he creates the main sculpture from.
Ekkehard visited the site recently and he and I were joined by Richard Wigginton (University Estates) and Tim Harris (project manager) to discuss logistics. Part of this meeting involved half an hour standing in the rain getting very soggy feet whilst deliberating exactly where the sculpture will be sited, X marks the spot! The Estates office will soon begin to prepare the site by pouring the concrete foundation which will be allowed time to ‘settle’ before the giant marble piece comes to stay – all the way from Italy to Nottingham.