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Tallest UK sculpture to be unveiled in June

Britain's tallest free-standing sculpture is currently receiving its last few coats of paint at the Watson Steel foundary and will be installed at the University of Nottingham later on this month

The 60m tall Aspire sculpture will stand three times taller than the 20 metre Angel of the North and over eight metres higher than the 51.6 metre Nelson's Column.

The £800,000 sculpture takes the form of a slender tubular steel lattice that springs from a concrete column at the base and increases in size from a diameter of 2.19m to 4.85m at the apex. The delicate structure is formed from 140mm diameter hollow section steel tubes.

The new landmark for the City of Nottingham was commissioned by the University as part of the institution's 60th anniversary celebrations of the granting of its Royal Charter and will be installed on the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus.

The towering sculpture has been funded through an anonymous philanthropist. It has been designed by Make Architects and structural consultant Millward Partnership and fabricated by Watson Steel.

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