Kurt Jackson - The Building Blocks of Cornwall

Kurt Jackson

The Building Blocks of Cornwall


Granite, slate, oak and bronze

Gifted to the Cornwall Campus by the artist in 2008

Location: Outside Main Reception, Cornwall Campus

This three-metre-high artwork is made of granite, slate, oak and bronze, all of which are locally sourced.
It represents the materials from which the economy, culture, heritage and fabric of Cornwall were made. The four massive cubes, balanced higgledy piggledy like a child's stack of toy bricks, show the elements of chance and change with time and history.
The granite was quarried from Carnsew Quarry near Falmouth, and cut in Delank Quarry on Bodmin Moor. The slate came from Delabole Quarry, which is one of the oldest continually used quarries and at one time the largest man-made hole in Europe. The oak was grown near Saltash. The Bronze is a blend of recycled copper and the last available Cornish tin, found on the shipwreck of the HMS Cheerful in Hayle Bay.
This work is situated at the heart of the Cornwall Campus where it provides pleasure and inspiration to students, staff and visitors.

Kurt Jackson lives in West Cornwall and is an Honorary Graduate of the University of Exeter.
This sculpture marks a new development for an artist best known for landscape paintings.
Photograph © University of Exeter

Location of sculpture

View Larger Map


Return to main Sculpture Gallery