Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ABC Wednesday: A is for
Archimedes under an arch through an arch

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Under an arch of the railway from Piccadilly to Oxford Road is a stone statue which shows a life sized Archimedes leaping naked from his bath whilst experiencing his "eureka moment". It was created by the artist Thomas W Dagnall and unveiled in September 1990.

The view here is through the Technology Arch, a sculpture by Axel Wolkenhauer. It consists of thick metal ropes set into a mobius strip, and passing upwards into an arch. It is set on a circular metal base. The work refers to spiral forms in time and space. The mobius or endless loop and the materials used create a dialogue between science and nature. A base plaque states "Made possible by North West Arts and British Ropes Ltd, 1989".

Early commentators have been asking for a front view of Archimedes so here it is

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These sculptures are just a few of the interesting things I found on a walk following the railway arches from Piccadilly to Oxford Road. The whole walk can be visited on the Geograph blog.

Further A posts can be discovered at ABC Wednesday.


  1. Fascinating sculpture - where's the photo of a naked Archimedes, though? lol

    abcw team

  2. Like an arch within an arch, like the windmills of my mind.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. I enlarged the picture, and I think I see the naked man leaping from the the middle of the arch! This is a very interesting triple A...

  4. I like your A! Although I do slightly agree with Leslie: where's the pic of Archimedes in the buff?

  5. Love the rope trick. Interesting arch.

  6. what a deep bath poor Archimedes had to climb out of. He had a lot of time to think if he filled that up that tub!

  7. Both very interesting sculptures, and I hope the early commenters weren't too disappointed with the "Full Archimedes. I like reading and seeing these things through fellow blogger's eyes, rather than visiting the websites for them...because it feels more as if I'm there instead of just reading about them. Thanks for sharing.