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Call for entries: Gormley sculpture competition

It’s been called ‘a stunning new addition’ to the Backs, ‘a mesmeric installation’ and ‘a monstrosity.’

FREE OBJECT, the 10-tonne sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley facing Trinity’s historic Wren Library, is certainly striking. It is the first piece of modern art at the College and part of the celebrations marking 700 years since Trinity’s early foundations. 

Now it is the turn of students and staff at Trinity to write or photograph their response to FREE OBJECT. In its unique setting on Trinity’s Backs, the five-metre work of art provokes divergent views and emotions – exactly as intended.

Put those thoughts down on paper – 500 words maximum – or capture your perspective in a photograph (any camera, any format) and you could win £250. The two winning entries for the short essay and the photograph will be published on the Trinity College website in Spring 2018.

Trinity Fellow, Dr Joe Moshenska, who together with Dr Emma Widdis conceived and organised the initiative, said:

We intended this striking artwork to enable both visitors and members of the College community to see Trinity from new perspectives, and we are excited to see how our students and staff will reflect upon it.

Please send your entries to: by 31 January 2018 (11.59pm).

Dr Moshenska and Dr Widdis will judge the entries and the prize will be presented in February 2018. The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Trinity, and all members of staff.

The competition is part of an events programme for FREE OBJECT in 2018. More details to come in the New Year.

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