Dr Sarah Fortais
Donor Wall, 2019
Aluminium and Bronze casts
This striking installation, created by Dr Sarah Fortais, graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, was erected and unveiled in May 2019.
Every hand cast, made from aluminium and bronze, is completely unique. The hands are displayed on the donor wall in recognition of UCL's Circle of Benefactors. Each hand is a cast of the donor or a representative from UCL's community, the youngest hand is 15 years old and the oldest is 99 years old. The wall will continue to grow with new hands added on an annual basis.
Here the artist describes in her own words her motivations in creating the installation:
"My artwork draws on my own experience as a student of UCL and the support that I received as part of working within this institution. I found that all of my most prominent experiences relate to hands: pulling up, supporting, sheltering, teaching, and welcoming..."
You can find out more about Dr Fortais' concept in this video.