Spiral Sunday #6 – Journey by Charlotte Mayer

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For this week’s Spiral Sunday I’ve captured an image of a piece of sculpture I’ve known and loved, and regularly walked past, for over 20 years, as it sits prominently outside the main restaurant at the University of Northampton’s Park Campus.

Journey by sculptor Charlotte Mayer depicts a flattened, ridged spiral shape cast in bronze. Like most people, when I first saw it, I assumed that Journey represented a stylised fossil ammonite.  But I recall reading (or hearing?) that in fact it was inspired by a seed, possibly of a species of Malvaceae, but I may be mis-remembering.  Can anyone enlighten me?

Accompanying the sculpture is a plaque that includes a quote from T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding:

“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

Journey originally sat within a small raised pond that was frequently empty other than for wind-blown trash.  I was happy to see this week that the pond has been filled in and planted with a diversity of pollinator attracting flowers.  A much more fitting setting for a lovely piece of art.

This week’s Spiral Sunday is dedicated to my wife Karin, who is starting an end and contemplating a beginning, in true spiral fashion.


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