This graceful sculpture is of two intertwined parts, each of them cut from an ovoid, the symbol of life. It was inspired by the mating displays of the Brolgas, a bird of the crane family, which flock in their thousands by billabongs in Australia.
From the foyer, you should walk past the Prichard Jones Hall, a splendid example of early twentieth century University architecture. Now go to the Inner Quad. Here the old stone and green lawns contrast with the sharpness of GENESIS.
The geometric theme of the sculpture comes from the Borromean Rings, an emblem of the Borromea family of Renaissance Italy. This emblem consists of three rings, no two of which are linked, but which together form a structure which cannot be taken apart. In Genesis, the rings are replaced by rhombuses.
While in this area of Top College, take the opportunity to see the 600 sq ft Edward Povey mural, The Hall of Illusion, in the Powis Hall. It takes an extra leaflet to explain the symbolism in this grand creation, which has an affinity with the John Robinson sculptures in its affirmation and sense of the circle of life.
Now leave the College through the foyer, walk straight across the car park with the Prichard Jones Hall on your right. Turn right, and down the steps, to the Terrace. You can sit on the wall and admire the view across the harbour to Penmaenmawr, Llandudno and the Great Orme, or across the valley to Bangor Mountain and glimpses of the Carneddau and, to the South, Elidir Fawr.
From here, take the steps on the harbour side of the Terrace, and the path leading diagonally down through the park to the corner of Love Lane and Deiniol Road. Cross at the pedestrian crossing, and walk on away from the College, turning right into Dean Street, where the School of Mathematics is on the left.
This sculpture is also based on the theme of the Borromean Rings, but this time with a basic shape of a square. The symbolism of the sculpture is that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Editions of this sculpture are in Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Aspen.
The theme of this sculpture, Passing the torch of life, is apt for a University Department. The form of the sculpture, a Möbius Band in the shape of a trefoil knot, reflects aspects of the work of the School of Mathematics, on topology, on knots, and on the Popularization of Mathematics.
Notes by Ronald Brown ©Mathematics and Knots 1993
Courtship Dance was purchased by the University of Wales, Bangor, at cost, through the generosity of the sculptor.
The Genesis was donated by Harwin Components, Treorchy.
Immortality and Creation were donated to the School of Mathematics and Professor Ronald Brown, by Edition Limitee .
Symbolism : Sculptures and tapestries, by John Robinson, (37 pages, 24 colour photographs, 1989) is available from the School of Mathematics, price £3.75, and a range of sweatshirts and teeshirts on the Immortality theme may also be ordered. Posters of Creation, Immortality, Eternity, Elation and Innocence are also available.
Symbolic sculptures , by John Robinson, (123 pages, 87 photographs, 62 in colour, 1992) is published by Edition Limitee, Geneva, price £20. Both books are available through booksellers.