The new sculpture that’s planned for Briggate is up for public discussion.
A planning application for the work of public art – which will be known as “Minerva: the draped woman” – is now on Leeds City Council’s planning website and open for comments here.
The sculpture, which will stand 8 metres high outside the main entrance to the new Trinity Leeds development on Briggate, is based on Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, poetry, medicine, commerce, weaving and crafts.
Standing on a narrow, 5-metre high column, Minerva will be made by Scottish artist Andy Scott out of small plates of galvanised steel welded together in a mosaic technique.
It will depict “a graceful draped figure, which provides an echo back to the city’s rich heritage of cloth production”, say the people who have commissioned it, Land Securities, the developers of the new 1m sq ft Trinity Leeds shopping and leisure complex.
“The steel will not be painted, however the sculpture will contain LED lightbulbs meaning that it could be illuminated,” they say.
“The stunning sculpture’s representation of an important part of Leeds’ history will help to identify Leeds as a unique and attractive city by strengthening its identity and distinctive character,” they add.
“Leeds deserves to have a thriving culturally developing and evolving public realm and this certainly makes a positive statement along with the other artworks that combine to form the Trinity Leeds Art Programme,” says the programme’s facilitator Antonia Stowe.
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And here’s a connection that won’t be lost on the commissioners – Minerva used to have a wise old owl that went along with her, a sort of symbol for philosophy. Some say it’s the same owl we’ve got on the Leeds coat of arms.
“The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk,” Hegel said, meaning apparently that philosophy understands reality only after the event. It cannot prescribe how the world ought to be.