University to hold dedication event for new music-themed sculpture

A dedication event for a new sculpture is to be held on our University's new public communal square. The sculpture ‘Adagio’ will be officially revealed by artist Mr John Sydney Carter and its donor Dr Adrian Weston MBE in a ceremony on Friday 31st March.

The dedication event will be presided over by University of Leicester President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle CBE, who will be accompanied by Dr Weston’s invited guests and members of the University’s Council.

‘Adagio’, the Italian for "slowly", refers to a tempo instruction in music notation. Standing three metres high, its connotations of musicality and performance are meant to work in harmony with the adjacent Percy Gee Building, home to so many musical events held at the University down the years. It echoes an earlier work by Mr Carter, ‘Concerto’, which greets visitors to De Montfort Hall, next to the University campus.

The sculpture has been given to the University in memory of Bridget Weston by her husband Adrian, who is a former member of the University’s governing body, Council, and both an honorary graduate and Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the University.

Mr John Sydney Carter has a long connection with the University as a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University in 2008 and being involved in the ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ exhibitions at the Botanic Garden. Mr Carter is also the artist behind the ‘Atomica’ sculpture, which can be found in the University’s Henry Wellcome Building, as well as ‘Vortex’, which is installed outside the same building.