Arrival and Departure

Arrival and Departure was commissioned by Plymouth University in 2012 as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations. Artist Ian McChesney created the artwork from hand carved pieces of solid granite. Located on campus at St James Square, the final work includes two opposing sculptural forms designed to resemble nautical bollards.

Photograph of the Arrival and Departure sculpture by Ian McChesney

Image courtesy of Ian McChesney

Arist: Ian McChesney
Date: 2012
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Commissioner: Plymouth University

Project Description

Photograph of member of the public interacting with Ian McChensney's sculpture

Image courtesy of Ian McChesney

Ian Mc Chesney’s sculptures are a tribute to Plymouth’s maritime heritage and the many historic voyages that are part of Plymouth’s history as well as our own personal journeys.

The sculptures smooth design is subtle and unobtrusive within the space with a tactile appeal. Carved from granite from local De Lank quarry in nearby Bodmin; each form weighs two tonnes and measures 1.7m long x 0.9m wide x 0.6m high. McChesney was awarded the commission following an open brief competition led by Peninsula Arts, the arts and culture public programming organisation for Plymouth University.

Plymouth University started as a School of Navigation in 1862 and 2012 marked their 150th anniversary. The work was unveiled as part of the programme of year long celebrations in which more than 50,000 people took part.

At the launch of the piece Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts said:

“This launch is part of a series of events running throughout 2012 that celebrates Plymouth University’s 150 year history, and it is perhaps fitting that the sculpture ‘Arrival and Departure’, expresses so aptly this sense of being part of a continuum – of past and present – comings and goings – taking time to reflect whilst constant pressing forward. These ideals we felt represent what shapes and makes a University and indeed reflects the city within which we are located – Plymouth – with its rich maritime history and global reach.”

About the Artist

Ian McChesney is the founder of McChesney Architects who specialise in projects set in sensitive spaces which are engaging and enjoyable to use. The company is widely recognised for its cross-disciplinary works combining architecture, urban design and public art. McChesney studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and is actively involved in formal design reviews such as Design SouthEast.

Images below courtesy of Ian McChesney:

  • Photograph of the title piece of Ian McChesney's university sculpture

    All images courtesy of Ian McChesney

  • Side view of one of the 'cleats' on Ian McChesney's sculpture
  • The cleats on the scukpture as part of a performance at Plymouth University