There are three public art sculptures you can visit on Peel Park campus: Untitled (1966) by William Mitchell, Clasp (2007) by Karen Lyons, and Engels’ Beard (2016) by Jai Redman.
William Mitchell, b. 1925
Untitled (1966), Concrete with pebble aggregate, coloured tiles
Location: Allerton Building, Frederick Road campus, University of Salford
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Opened in 1966/67 the Allerton Building was designed by Manchester-based architects’ practice Halliday Meecham. The practice commissioned the London based sculptor William Mitchell to produce a piece of landscape art to provide a point of interest in the courtyard of the building.
The three figures are each positioned ‘so that the morning and evening sunshines will fall on the faces of the figures’.
Though untitled, the sculptures are affectionately known locally as the Minut Men or Faith, Hope and Charity.
The sculptures were Grade II listed in January 2012.
Clasp was commissioned for the inauguration of the Mary Seacole Building – a place of learning for nurses. Mary Seacole is a heroine of the Crimean War and an iconic figure for the nursing profession.
Clasp represents a nurturing gesture – formed from the interior space when two hands are gently clasped, as if protecting a delicate life.
Produced with assistance by students from Albion High School, Salford.
Made in association with Architects Atherden Fuller Leng.
Engels’ Beard is a sculpture and a unique climbable bouldering wall at the heart of the University of Salford’s Peel Park campus. The artwork was unveiled on 22 September 2016, commissioned for the launch of the New Adelphi building – the new home for the School of Arts and Media.
Friedrich Engels, German philosopher and co-author of The Communist Manifesto, wrote The Condition of the Working Class in England (1842-4) about the lives of the people of Salford and Manchester.
“Engels’ Beard is not a monument; rather it is a metaphor for the effort and struggle needed to pull ourselves out of ignorance and a direct representation of how we all ‘stand on the shoulder of giants’.” Jai Redman
An excerpt from the poem Thinker, written by Professor Jackie Kay, Chancellor and Writer in Residence, in response to the sculpture accompanies the piece on stonework.
More can be found on this sculpture on the Engels’ Beard page.