He was commissioned by Exeter University Business School to make this piece. Simon says that he was given real hope by the underlying ethos of the Business School.
‘By playing its part in addressing the issues business and society face today and those they are likely to face tomorrow.’
He discovered that the new Business School building had been built with regard to sustainable and responsible environmental factors and with a passion for reaching a carbon neutral target.
He also learnt about the School’s One Planet MBA degree which focuses on the environmental, social and economic responsibility of future business leaders,
“The combination of very significant and asymmetric population growth over the next thirty years, the inevitable tendency for increased consumption of natural resources, and expected developments in the political economy make it essential that business people be educated in a manner, and with a curriculum, very different from that of the past.”
The Sculpture, made from 80% recycled steel aims to encompass and celebrate the Business School’s vision. Solid and strong hands are posed gently cupping our planet. Simon made the earth hollow to suggest its fragility and to underline the importance to nurture and protect. The hands are holding the earth high to suggest this should be our highest and upmost priority.
From the balcony this vision is proudly displayed. Glistering in the sun, the sculpture shines like a beacon towards the expanse of land and sky.
Please note that this sculpture may only be viewed from outside the building at ground level.
Photograph: ©University of Exeter