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A specially commissioned entrance sculpture for the Oxford Trust's new Science Oxford Centre and the adjoining Wood Centre for Innovation.
The sculpture celebrates the contribution to science and innovation made by Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, Oxford Trust patrons. It is in the iconic donut shape of an MRI scanner, which the couple were pivotal in the development of at their company Oxford Instruments.
The sculpture is also in the shape of an Ohm, the unit of electrical resistance, referencing the super-conducting magnets that Sir Martin worked on – which are also a fundamental component of an MRI scanner.
The Ohm Portal is made from two glistening stainless steel rings representing Sir Martin and Lady Audrey. Each ring is encircled with ninety small copper rings to reflect the couple’s ages.
Movement through the Portal triggers lights hidden in its double arch – a feature that will appeal to the children visiting the Science Oxford Centre. A scale model was also made for Sir Martin and Lady Audrey as a personal birthday gift.