23 March 2017

Oxford’s biggest sculpture unveiled at Old Road Campus

The University has installed the city’s biggest public artwork – a 12 metre wide, 5.5 metre tall bright red sculpture called ‘Origin’ – outside the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information & Discovery on Old Road Campus.

It commissioned sculptor Julian Wild to create the artwork after the design he submitted was unanimously chosen over its rivals.

Like the Centre itself, the sculpture received funding from Hong-Kong based philanthropist Li Ka Shing. The Centre comprises the Big Data Institute and the Target Discovery Institute, both of which aim to bring together the expertise of diverse academic disciplines to address difficult problems in biomedicine.

This is the latest result of the University’s commitment to commission works of public art to accompany major new buildings around Oxford. An earlier example is the Alchemical Tree in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.