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Crystals in Magma

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Durham University

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This work was commissioned on the recommendation of the professors of Chemistry (Geoffrey Coates) and Geology (Kingsley Dunham, FRS), and was installed on the concourse wall of the new Chemistry-Geology Building in 1961. Following development, it was later moved to the stairwell.

A thin section of basalt obtained from north-west Scotland inspired the artist to produce an image of crystals of feldspar growing with pyroxene and olivine in a glowing melt.

Art Collection, Durham University





mixed media on board


H 338 x W 443 cm

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Acquisition method

commissioned through the University Buildings Committee

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Inscription description

signed and dated


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Art Collection, Durham University

Durham, County Durham England

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