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A specially commissioned sculpture by David Harber marks the handing over of the keys by Oxford building firm Beard to the Oxford Trust of the Trust's new Science Oxford Centre (SOC) and the adjoining Wood Centre for Innovation.
Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, Oxford Trust patrons, officially unveiled the Ohm sculpture, which celebrates the amazing contribution they have made to science and innovation in Oxfordshire.
The Oxford Trust’s £13m development will welcome primary-aged children to experience a wide range of STEM-inspired activities (science, technology, engineering, and maths) in the SOC's exhibition zone, workshop and 15 acres of woodland.
It will also be home to new high-tech businesses and entrepreneurs in the purpose-built Wood Centre for Innovation, named after Sir Martin and Lady Audrey.
The Ohm sculpture is in the iconic donut shape of an MRI scanner, which the couple were pivotal in the development of at their company Oxford Instruments.
It is made from two glistening stainless steel rings representing Sir Martin and Lady Audrey, each ring encircled with ninety small copper rings to reflect the couple’s ages.
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.