Tying in with our trip to Shrewsbury yesterday, we came across an abstract sculpture as you walk along the banks of the River Severn.
‘The Quantum Leap’ is situated in Mardol Quay Gardens as the main focus of a ‘Geo-Garden’. It was unveiled in 2009 to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin by a great-great-grandson of Darwin, Randal Keynes. The sculpture also celebrates the geological diversity of Shropshire as the county contains many different types of rock, the oldest rock being 700 million years old.
It was designed by the architectural firm Pearce & Lal, who are based in Sutton Coldfield, and is said to represent DNA, a backbone, or possibly dinosaur bones. In local media it has been nicknamed ‘The Slinky’, often in a negative sense.
The sculpture is 12 metres (40 ft) tall, 17.5 metres (57 ft) long and made out of concrete. The blades of the structure were made by the Ely based firm, Histon Concrete Products. Excluding it’s foundations, the artwork weighs a whopping 113 tonnes.
The final cost of the sculpture exceeded £1 million, over £200,000 more than the Angel of the North.