Peter Peri - Man of the World

Peter Peri


Man of the World



Location: Devonshire House, Streatham Campus (please view from inside Devonshire House ground floor, RAM bar foyer where you can see the sculpture through the large window)

Created in 1960 to symbolise the new University's aspirations, reaching out to the World, the feet of this sculpture are encircled by Rams’ horns. This is an allusion to the roots of the University, the Royal Albert Memorial College in Exeter, now the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Queen Street, Exeter.

Peri was Hungarian by birth and a refugee from Nazi Germany, active in British anti-Nazi groups. His work has its roots in social realism and his desire to be accessible to the public determined his choice of subjects and their execution, often using coloured concrete which he pioneered in the 1930s.  
More information about the artist here.

Photograph: John Melville © University of Exeter

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