Cambridge is famous for its university – everyone knows that – but this dedication to education and learning also means that the city has an artistic, forward-thinking approach. And this is reflected in the artwork dotted all around the city. It’s hard to walk around Cambridge without coming across a sculpture or an installation somewhere along the way.
With this in mind, read on to learn about three amazing pieces of works of art that you can see by just stepping out of The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge.
Daedalus on Wheels
Created by famed Italian sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi, ‘Daedalus on Wheels’ occupies the grounds of Jesus College. It’s only a short trip from The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge, and this fantastic, imposing sculpture is well worth seeing.
Paolozzi had a long-standing attachment to Jesus College – indeed, he was an honorary fellow – and, as such, there are various Paolozzi pieces dotted about Jesus College. But Daedalus on Wheels is probably the most well-known. It’s an interesting piece because it’s a sculpture by an artist about another artist. Daedalus was said, in ancient myth, to have developed new techniques in his art and engineering which enabled him to build a pair of functional mechanical wings. As such, the sculpture is a mix of man and machine. It’s a beautiful piece and speaks to the vast skills Paolozzi had as a sculptor.
Created by Harry Gray, Ex Libris is four sculptures that speak to Cambridge’s reputation as a global pillar of learning. Sitting in front of the University of Cambridge Library, West Road, the piece is easy to get to from any accommodation you can get with hotel deals Cambridge.
Created in bronze and styled as three stacked piles of books, Gray’s sculpture is about the attainment of knowledge and everything that goes into it. Positioned outside the university library as it is, Ex Libris is an apparent attempt to show the work and the dedication that goes into the admirable task of learning and intellectual growth.
It’s a striking piece and one that inspires those coming and going from the library to stay faithful to their task. It’s a great example of the high-minded culture of Cambridge, and it might just inspire you too!
The Adoration of the Magi
Housed in the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Adoration of the Magi is a world-famous piece and a theme that has seen vast amounts of scholarly interpretation. The Fitzwilliam Museum is only a short hop from The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge, so there’s no reason not to see it.
Made in the 16th century, The Adoration of the Magi essentially tells the tale of the three wise men and their journey to see the infant Jesus. The piece is a dramatic, beautiful work of art and offers a window into how the artist – who is unknown – saw this most dramatic, well-told event. It’s a stunning piece in its own right and becomes even more impressive when you realise it was made over half a millennium ago.