A KINETIC art piece created by aeronautical engineer, Frank Malina, has been brought back to life thanks to a restoration project at Oxford Brookes University.

Cosmos is a complex mix of lights, colours and moving parts, depicting the universe in harmony.

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It was unveiled on Thursday at the Headington Campus' Abercrombie Building in the Glass Tank Exhibition Space as part of the University’s Founders’ Day celebrations which commemorated the institution’s roots dating back to 1865.

Oxford Mail:

Mr Malina's grandson was at the unveiling.

The piece was originally commissioned in 1965 for the foyer of Robert Maxwell’s publishing house, Pergamon Press.

The publisher’s estate eventually became part of the Headington Hill Hall building now used by Oxford Brookes on its Headington Campus.

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Paul Inman, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment said: “Oxford Brookes University continues to demonstrate its commitment to expanding its sector-leading Public Art collection. Frank Malina’s Cosmos is a particularly pleasing addition to the artworks on display at the University’s campuses.

Oxford Mail:

“As the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment moves to co-locate its STEM and Creative Industries portfolios on one campus, what better way to celebrate than to unveil a kinetic artwork made by a rocket scientist? The story behind the finding of this ‘lost’ artwork is also one that has captured the imagination of staff, students and our wider community.”