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The Blue Cloud

© the artist. Photo credit: University of Birmingham

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The richly allusive imagery in John Walker’s mural, with its landscape, figurative and literary references, explores the cyclic nature of life and death, of meeting and parting. Walker’s diverse sources include English poetry, the painting of Goya, the landscape of Vermont and Australian aboriginal culture. The painted texts are passages from the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Lord Byron, both speaking eloquently of departure and loss.

University of Birmingham


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    80 x 80 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    commissioned by the University of Birmingham


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University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT England

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