- The specially commissioned artwork was unveiled at a reception on 6 February 2024
- The ‘One Aston’ artwork features some of the University’s iconic buildings, public art sculptures and green spaces
- High quality art prints are available for purchase from the Brumhaus website.
A specially commissioned artwork of Aston University’s campus by graphic artist Alexander Edwards was officially unveiled at the University’s corporate headquarters, John Cadbury House, on Tuesday 6 February 2024.
Birmingham-born Edwards, also known as ‘Brumhaus’, is a contemporary graphic artist inspired by modernist art, design and architecture who blends urban architectural forms with geometric abstraction and modernist aesthetics in his artworks.
The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, Professor Aleks Subic, hosted the celebratory event for 50 guests who had the opportunity to hear the artist give an insight in the artistic process involved in the creation of the ‘One Aston’ artwork before the unveiling and signing.
Speaking about the commission, Professor Aleks Subic said:
“Brumhaus’s innovative and creative approach to capturing the built environment as a whole using architectural patterns and geometric shapes was exactly what we were looking for when seeking to commission this artwork.
“His artistic process has captured a unique aesthetic representation of the Aston University campus, the buildings and natural environment defining our space within Birmingham city centre, which I hope will be enjoyed for many years by our staff, students, alumni and the wider community.”
Artist Alexander Edwards said:
“I’m interested in trying to show buildings in new ways, playing with perspective and form, using a mixture of geometry and patterns and often removing any superfluous details to reduce to basic elements.
“This commission gave me the opportunity to discover the architecture and green spaces of Aston University for this new composition which features some of its iconic buildings, public art sculptures and wildlife.”
High quality art prints of the ‘One Aston’ commission are available to buy from the Brumhaus website.
- Notes to editors
About Aston University
For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.
Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.
Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming the Guardian University of the Year in 2020.
Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.
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