Friday, 20 November 2015 by Sarah Butler
One of the most famous sculptures on campus has moved!
Image: William Chattaway, Walking Figure, 1989 recast of 1968 original, bronze, (c) W H Chattaway, image (c) University of Leeds
William Chattaway's much-loved Walking Figure used to be tucked away in the corner of Parkinson Court. In the busy thoroughfare of the Court, people often passed by this striking artwork without truly appreciating Chattaway's craftsmanship. Our lovely lady was sometimes even overshadowed by event hoardings and stalls and her plinth proved a popular resting place for the odd coat or bag!
However, in a bid to inject more culture on campus, Walking Figure has been allowed to take centre stage opposite the Gallery. As you can see by her stance, she looks ready to stride forward through the doors. We like to think she is watching over us and is eager to see our collections!
Chattaway's Walking Figure has a very interesting history but you'll have to wait until Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Frank Finlay's blog in December to find out!