Alumno’s third student residence in Norwich, Benedict’s Gate, recently unveiled a beautiful sculpture within its grounds. Entitled The Architect and created by celebrated sculptor Joseph Hillier, it complements the poem featured on the striking poetry wall built near the entrance to the building.
Erected on a plinth three metres high, The Architect depicts the imagined child mentioned in the final part of the poem by local poet Jenny Pagdin: “Perhaps the first infant she delivers this morning will grow up the architect of her own city.” Specially commissioned for Benedict’s Gate, Pagdin’s work, entitled Sisters of the Gated City, tells the story of Norwich women across the ages in the context of the city’s 12 historic gates. The 12 sections of the poem, each representing a gate, are etched onto the 12 panels of the poetry wall.
“Following our two successful developments in the All Saints Green area of Norwich, the first occupied by students from NUA, the second, Pablo Fanque House, opened in association with University of East Anglia (UEA), we are delighted Benedict’s Gate opened as planned,” said Alumno Managing Director David Campbell. “We’d like to thank Joseph Hillier and Jenny Pagdin for creating two magnificent works to adorn the grounds and helping ensure this new development is another leap in terms of offering students who choose to study in Norwich high quality, secure and modern accommodation in a vibrant location in this dynamic city.”
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