Thursday, 9 July 2009

Science & Art

Above the entrance to the Saltaire Institute (Victoria Hall) are the sculpted forms of two female figures representing Science (on the left) and Art (on the right). They were created by the Yorkshire-born sculptor Thomas Milnes, who also made the four lions I mentioned in an earlier post. They form the centrepiece of the very grand and pleasingly symmetrical frontage to the building - though it's a fair bet that lots of people who enter the building never even look up and notice them.

Like all the buildings in Saltaire, the Victoria Hall is built of an attractive, pale honey-coloured stone quarried locally. The interior of the building has recently been refurbished - the outside could now do with some attention, I think, as the sculpture is a looking little weather-worn.

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