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Share your views on Sports Centre sculpture

Press release issued: 11 June 2003

The University of Bristol is commissioning a sculpture to be placed outside the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health on Tyndall Avenue, and would like your views.

A bronze sculpture of a running figure and an abstract representation of human movement made from stainless steel are the designs created by the two finalists in a competition to create a work of art for Bristol University's Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health on Tyndall Avenue.

As part of the commissioning process, University staff and students, and members of the public who use the Centre are invited to examine the two design proposals by artists Jon Buck and Robert Kilvington, and express their views ahead of the final decision in July.

The artists' proposals can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Any comments should be emailed to

The Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health was opened in November 2002. The University wanted to incorporate a public art element into the scheme to enhance the character of the site and area.

A long-list of artists was considered by a selection panel of staff from the University and the City Council in November 2002, and a short-list in February, this year.

From the short-list, Jon Buck and Robert Kilvington were selected to create design proposals in advance of commissioning an artwork, and their designs were presented to the panel in May.

The views of University staff, students and members of the public will be taken into account when the panel meets again to choose the winning design.

Bob Reeves, Director of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University, said: "The Centre is a people building. It is the healthy heart of the university. It has a pulse. Therefore, it needs a sculpture that reflects the dynamism of the place, its users and the university as a whole.

"We hope to commission a work that best reflects our aims: to promote the understanding and active participation in sport, and thus produce good health and personal well-being."

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