Taking a Break on Campus: Warwick Arts Centre Sculpture Trail
When it comes to working to deadlines, revising or just reviewing lecture notes, taking meaningful breaks is so important. Scrolling on your phone or checking your emails may seem like you are taking a break, but it’s even better if you can properly step away from your work and have a breather. This is something I often struggle with, but I am really trying to take better breaks in order to come back to my work refreshed with new, creative ideas. Along with a lot of my friends, I am currently in the middle of completing my fourth year research report, due at the end of term. This involves writing up the work I have been doing over the last two terms, so is quite a daunting task! After taking time away from my laptop, for an hour or even just 15 minutes, I find myself much more productive and relaxed towards the pending deadline. If, like me, you often eat lunch at your computer or realise you haven’t stood up for a couple of hours, perhaps checking out the Arts Centre Sculpture Trail is something that you would enjoy!
A few weeks ago, I booked onto a guided walk of some of the sculptures on campus. It was led by one of the curators of the Mead Gallery, the art gallery that used to be in the Arts Centre. Due to the 20:20 Arts Centre renovation project, the Mead Gallery is currently closed. While they are closed, they have created an Art and Nature trail around campus, that visits many of the art installation we have as well as pointing out some of the natural highlights. The aim is to highlight the art that we have around us but maybe don’t always notice when we are out and about. Before going on the walk, I knew that we had quite a lot of interesting abstract art on campus but didn’t quite realise just how much we had! On the walk, learned more about some of the sculptures, including the cat-like sculpture by the taxi rank and the “kissing penguin” curvey sculpture by the Piazza. (Turns out that the “kissing penguins”, as it is known as by many students, is in fact called “Lets not be stupid”!) I was really impressed with the range and quality of the art. It was nice to learn that the university has always had a strong relationship with art and the Arts Centre, with sculptures being exhibited around campus pretty much since its opening. Its inspiring to have so many different, abstract art pieces around us, and visiting them is a great excuse to have a walk outside.
Perhaps next time you are stuck with a problem and are in need of a study break, go get a drink from Curiositea, pick up a trail map from the Arts Centre and head out to find some of the sculptures around campus! With this unseasonably warm weather, it’s become even nicer to take a quick walk around campus. The flowers are blooming and campus is looking particularly lovely. Having a meander around campus gives you a bit of exercise and looking at nature is a good thing for you too! Even just walking around your department or the library and returning to your study space can leave you feeling energised and happier.
This picture was taken when I went on the guided walk; the weather wasn’t quite as nice as it is now!
My favourite sculptures are the origami style stone rabbit near Cryfield football pitches and the dancing hare sculpture tucked behind Bluebell. Let me know if you discover any new favourites!
(You can also get an online copy of the trail here.)