As Margie pointed out and Howard Turpin from Learning Services spotted, the Unknown Sculpture can be found in Southport and thanks to the scary wonders of Google Street View we can even see it!
Update: I should have thought to look in Fiona Montgomery’s book earlier as it tells us (almost) everything we want to know:
The Eternal Struggle by Dan Manning is one of the best known of the Edge Hill sculptures. In the tradition of Henry Moore it was originally on show at the Crystal Palace. Constructed from preformed concrete, at first sight it seems to be two separate parts, closer inspection reveals that it is two separate parts, but linked. This gave the title ‘Eternal Struggle’ and, in a burst of irony (?), is was located outside the Chief Executive’s window!
Last month I posted some text from the 1985 prospectus describing Ormskirk and the local area. Let’s see how things had changed by 1991:
Seaside towns, city lights or rural life – as an Edge Hill student, you’ll find them all close by. Ormskirk is well-placed for motorway and rail links so there’s plenty of chance to get away from it all whenever the mood takes you.
A short walk away from the College, Ormskirk has everything you’ll need on a day-to-day basis. It’s large enough to offer all the usual amenities yet still retains the friendly atmosphere characteristic of so many busy market towns.
Catch a bus from outside the campus and in half an hour you’re in Southport. Funfairs, nightclubs and restaurants all add to the town’s seaside flavour, and if you’ve an eye for a bargain, check out the indoor Markets and ‘junk’ shops too!
For a taste of city life, take a trip to Liverpool. Visit Anfield or Goodison Park; take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey, or explore the city’s two impressive cathethals. Manchester is well worth a visit too – especially if you enjoy the theatre, cinema and the Arts.
If you’re a country-lover, the Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is only three miles away, whilst the Trough of Bowland, Lakeland and Peak District National Parks are well within striking distance. Make the most of your time at Edge Hill – the best of the North West awaits you!
Always good to have a dig at Southport and its “junk” shops! The descriptions aren’t so far off what we say today, but what is it you like about the local area? Have your say in the comments!