Moelwyn Merchant - Triad

Moelwyn Merchant



Granite and marble

Presented to the University by the family of Roderick Ross, Registrar and then Secretary of the University 1950-1975

Location: Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, Prince of Wales Road, Streatham Campus

The title ‘Triad’ (Menhir) references large upright standing stones, which were constructed during many different periods across pre-history, and they were erected as part of a larger megalithic culture that flourished in Europe and beyond. In modern Welsh, they are maen hir, or "long stone".

The artist was encouraged to sculpt by his personal friend, Barbara Hepworth. This piece reveals her influence in understanding the importance of negative space. It is constructed from marble, which gives a strong outline and appears weighty.  It evokes a sense of grandeur but also draws attention to the shapes of the immediate world around us which surround the spaces in the work.

This striking sculpture was presented to the University in 2010 by the family of Roderick Ross who was a great friend of the sculptor. In Triad, you might see high windows, boat sails or instead experience the feeling of spiritual yearning.

Photograph: © University of Exeter
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