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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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61 of 68  Tue 29th Sep 2015 8:15am  
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It seems long gone are the days when a monument would be erected by way of a Founder's statue in the grounds of the Uni's, at the same time I do enjoy a piece of 'art work' but to me when I look at those shavings I imagine only the artist knows what it represents, so to me that's all it is 'Shavings'. I have no doubt quite a lot of time went into the developing of that piece of work but could someone who is more cluey than me explain to me what it really represents, as I don't wish to be totally ignorant. Some of the female gender might call it 'Ringlets'. I don't wish to discriminate the artist in any way but I would like to know what was intended.
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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62 of 68  Tue 29th Sep 2015 1:49pm  
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It conjured up images in me of a cylinder of aluminium being unwrapped and unrolling into the air. Maybe aspirations of a new University. It is what you make it.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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63 of 68  Tue 29th Sep 2015 2:03pm  
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From the University website: In 1978, the artist commented that the five individual coils of Grown in the Field were different sizes to symbolise the various stages of growth of a tree: "My work is very much nearer nature and has life like a tree or plant. My pieces respond to atmosphere like natural vegetation ... They grow under the sun, breathe open air, swing like trees and vibrate like leaves." Grown in the Field is one of the sculptures included in the University's sculpture trail. A leaflet about the sculpture trail is available from the Mead Gallery.
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NormK
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64 of 68  Tue 29th Sep 2015 2:07pm  
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The word for them is Swarf, the waste from metal turning. Lathes etc.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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65 of 68  Tue 29th Sep 2015 7:04pm  
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pixrobin
Canley
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66 of 68  Sat 19th Nov 2016 2:44pm  
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This came to me via 'Streetlife' and I feel sure some of our forum members may like to have their say: How does Coventry University affect the local population
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3TA
nowhere
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67 of 68  Sat 19th Nov 2016 5:32pm  
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I was grew up in Coventry and went to the Lanch (as I know it). I read this thread hoping to see if other peoples experiences were as positive as mine. Maybe I am reading the wrong thread but this mainly seems to be people spouting off about what has happened in Coventry since the Luftwaffe flatttened it, namely unplanned redevelopment leaving a piece part city? From my mid teens I was aware of the disjointed planning but surely this should be about the Poly / Uni and peoples memories?
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Last of the Inkers
Windsor
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68 of 68  Wed 30th Nov 2016 12:53am  
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Hello 3TA, Seems you had a similar experience as me. That is, studying at Henry VIII and also the Lanch. I really enjoyed my time at the Poly. I only did a one year course but wished it could have been longer. The lecturers were really pleasant. And the lectures - so few of them! I don't know how many hours, but I could comfortably handle that work load. We had Friday afternoons off and I would get home and relax in preparation for the weekend, just gazing out into the garden of my parent's home thinking life was pretty good at that point. The library was a comfortable place to study. I felt at ease there. I wasn't too sure about the student bar. One or two lads would have a pint of a lunchtime but I've never been able to take drinking at that hour of the day. They had some good (great?) bands performing at the Lanch. Pink Floyd, perhaps? I only went the once to see a group called Stackridge (?). That is off the top off my head. More research needed. They were seriously loud as far as I was concerned, but put on a good show. My favourite lecturer was a guy called Murphy. He probably taught Sociology but I can't remember the title of the lecture course we had with him. It wasn't examinable, from memory. He really challenged me to question norms. He presented a different perspective on life and coming from Henrys it was utterly refreshing. I didn't necessarily agree with what he said, but that didn't matter. It was just enlivening to hear an alternative way of thinking about social, cultural and political matters. And he was interesting, enthused and amusing. Definitely the best lecturer/teacher I ever had by some distance. One thing that stays in my memory - and this is unusual - is starlings swooping around the place during winter time. It must have been a roosting place nearby because there were hundreds of them above. I would come out of an evening, see these birds performing their routine, look over to the Cathedral with some of it illuminated and just feel pleased to be alive. That is something I never experienced at King Henrys.
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