Sculpture by Diane Maclean installed at the University of Herts
A striking new sculpture by an internationally renowned artist has been installed at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.
The University of Hertfordshire art collection has acquired its 14th outdoor sculpture – a light reflecting pyramid shape called Diabolo.
The sculpture is the second in the Hatfield collection united by sculptor and UH graduate Diane Maclean.
It was installed in time for International Sculpture Day on April 24 and can be seen on the de Havilland University campus, outside the LRC building. You can watch an accelerated installation video below.
Diane Maclean said: “I am delighted to have donated my sculpture Diabolo at the University of Hertfordshire – representing my enduring relationship with the university.
“It is a playful work, the color being created only by natural light and its geometry reacting with the surrounding landscape and trees.”
Made in 2018 in colored stainless steel, Diabolo is based on the shape of the ancient Chinese spinning toy.
The sculpture follows a series of pyramid shapes that artist Diane Maclean has developed over the years for sculptures in the landscape.
The color of the material is created by daylight penetrating a clear oxide onto the surface of the bent and polished stainless steel at varying angles.
Color changes through red, purple, blue and gold with daylight and viewed from different angles.
This type of scientific element is typical of Maclean practice.
A former student of the University of Hertfordshire, Diane Maclean is an established sculptor who has exhibited extensively across the UK and Europe.
Diabolo, manufactured by Birch Engineering Ltd, was exhibited at Doddington Hall in 2018 and in 2019 at Beaulieu Abbey in Hampshire and Marks Hall, Essex, after which it was donated to the UH Art Collection in 2020.
It is the artist’s second sculpture at the university, after Mountains, which can be seen on the College Lane campus.
The university’s art collection includes more than 500 works of art exhibited on its campuses.
Open to the campus public and the public, when COVID-19 restrictions allow, a dedicated sculpture walk showcases the collection’s 14 outdoor sculptures.
The promenade features an eclectic collection of works that trace the changing characteristics of British sculpture since the 1950s.
A guided tour of the digital sculpture is available at www.uharts.co.uk alongside digital galleries showcasing the vast collection of university art.