Explore Exeter Sculpture
12 May 2017
Two new trails reveal the wealth of sculpture at RAMM and in central Exeter. Inspired by a new glass sculpture commissioned for RAMM’s Sea Life exhibition, both are available from 13 May when the exhibition starts.
The RAMM Trail
The RAMM Sculpture Trail is ideal for children over six and their families. It is an amazing journey through the millennia and across the globe. It shows how sculpture changed over time, how different cultures used sculpture and the materials used to create it. Featuring important works by Barbara Hepworth on her main theme: the figure in the landscape, medieval decorative carvings, Victorian sculpture, ancient Egyptian gods and incredible Devon art pottery. The trail embraces both floors and most galleries, ending in the Sea Life exhibition.
Produced with the support of the Art Council, Art Fund and the Friends of RAMM, a paper version will be available from the Garden reception. RAMM’s free Wi-Fi will enable smart phones users to enjoy the Exeter Time Trail online version.
The 40-minute city trail shows the wide variety of public sculpture that Exeter has to offer. The selection includes modern and historical works by local and internationally renowned artists. An optional extra stop links to the University of Exeter Sculpture Walk; which includes works by distinguished artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Paul Mount and Geoffrey Clark.
RAMM’s Latest Sculpture
A new artwork, Specimens from an Imaginary Voyage, was commissioned from the internationally-acclaimed glass sculptor, Steffen Dam, for the exhibition Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful. His jars containing plausible but fictitious organisms were inspired by RAMM’s extensive collection of marine specimens in Sladen’s Study. This gallery is dedicated to starfish-expert Percy Sladen and houses his echinoderm collection (starfish, sea urchins and their relatives). It is the largest and most comprehensive echinoderm collection in the UK outside the Natural History Museum in London. Sladen’s Study remains unchanged since its installation in 1910. Dam’s artwork will be displayed here, following its launch in the Sea Life.
The commission was made possible by support from Art Fund, National Lottery through Arts Council England and Friends of RAMM. The artwork is Steffen Dam’s the first ever bespoke commission and the only work to be inspired by museum specimens as opposed to historic illustrations.
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