Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Ars Coelum Est
Anybody speak Latin? I'm not exactly sure what this phrase means... Art is Heaven? or Heaven is art, maybe? (You can tell I failed Latin O-level, can't you?) Anyhow, this is the motto that greets visitors and students entering the Exhibition Building in Saltaire. Named after the great Jubilee Exhibition that Titus Salt Jnr masterminded in Saltaire for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, the building was paid for from the proceeds, after it was decided that Saltaire needed an expansion of its educational facilities. It still forms part of Shipley College and the large hall at its centre provides useful exhibition space even now, for various community and college events. I think this mosaic floor will be original to the building, which was opened in 1887.