Chelsea Flower Show award winning sculptor David Harber was joined by dignitaries at Harwell Campus at the formal unveiling of his Mantle sculpture, located outside the HQ building, the former RAF Headquarters on Campus.
The intricate sculpture fuses together science and art, with names connected to Harwell’s rich scientific heritage and multiple world firsts etched onto bronze petals in commemoration of the important work undertaken over the last 70 years. Names include:
- British physicist Sir John Cockroft appointed first Director of the Atomic Energy Research Authority at Harwell in 1945 and jointly awarded the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics for splitting the atomic nucleus with Ernest Walton
- The Dekatron Computer, the oldest original working digital computer in the world built at Harwell Campus
- Joan Maie Freeman the first woman to be awarded the British Institute of Physics’ Rutherford Medal for work on beta-radioactivity of complex nuclei
Director and Partner of the Harwell Campus Partnership, Angus Horner said: “David is a wonderful artist and friend of the Campus. He shares our passion for using art to engage people in the sciences. This beautiful sculpture is the start of a long-term initiative that will bring art onto the Campus as a powerful way to communicate the past, present and future of Harwell’s story.”
The sculpture was unveiled by another stalwart supporter of the Campus, The Rt. Hon Ed Vaizey, MP for Wantage and Didcot in the presence of representatives from the Royal British Legion, The Royal Air Force, pioneering scientists and innovators working at Harwell and Directors of the National Science laboratories located on the Campus.