WHERE IS IT? Outside the John Anderson Building in Strathclyde University, at the corner of Taylor Street and Rottenrow East
Subtitled “The Gift of Science to Liberty,” Jack Sloan’s 1994 abstract statue is well placed within the confines of Strathclyde University.
It stands next to the John Anderson Building, named after the Scottish philosopher whose love of practical physics was at the forefront of applying science to technology in the Industrial Revolution. The building currently houses the Physics and Civil Engineering departments, as well as the Science Mechanical Workshop. Being placed within a university, Prometheus has, unfortunately, become the target of pranksters. The pointed hand is often found clutching a beer can, while one brave soul tried to place a pair of trousers on it.
Sloan originally studied interior design at the Glasgow School of Art and was employed by the BBC as a set designer in the 1970s. Since then he has been a lecturer on Art and Design, as well as having a number of public commissions, mainly for work on grilles and gates, such as those of the Lord Provost House St. Nicholas Gardens.
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