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  • Published on 14th March 2017
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Artist Michael Condron is making a new piece of public art for Great Western Park. The sculpture will be located near to the UTC, within the District Neighbourhood.  

The Reach sculpture represents the striving for scientific understanding and the incredible work going on within the Science Vale.  Fabricated in stainless steel, the outline of the artwork has a curved form which was inspired by the shape of the expanding universe. The front of the sculpture has in intricate pattern of circles, much like a magnified newspaper image.   From a distance these circles resolve as the palm of the hand, but up close complex details are revealed. Each circle will be etched with etched with images, text, formulae and diagrams relating to scientific knowledge. At night the glass will be backlit creating a spectacular display.

Calling All Scientists!

Do you work in science or have an interest in science, or know a scientist working locally? Michael is seeking...

·         Images

·         Text

·         Diagrams

·         Formulae

 ...that describe nature on any scale, from galaxies to subatomic particles.

These can be widely accepted theories, or ideas from work that is being carried out within the Science Vale.  You can submit ideas and see what’s been contributed so far at the project facebook page

There are hundreds of circles in the final sculpture that need filling, so please spread the word!

About the artist

Michael is a sculptor whose principal aim is to make artwork that belongs to its place. He constructs in metal, and his practice focuses on eye-catching landmark sculpture, founded on a collaborative creative process.  You can see more of his work at

The Reach sculpture design was developed through local research and engagement with GWP residents and students at UTC Oxfordshire.  See the whole story at


An exhibition for this public artwork project is at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot 5th – 30th April.