George Boole-inspired sculpture to arrive at Lincoln Brayford

A new sculpture inspired by Lincoln-born mathematician George Boole will be unveiled on the banks of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool on Friday, July 8.

The artwork, composed of two interlocking arcs reflecting the surrounding water and foliage, has been created by the internationally-acclaimed Raqs Media Collective.

Entitled Perhaps, it will be situated on the banks of the Brayford Pool close to University of Lincoln’s main Minerva Building for two months.

The sculpture is to be moored on the Brayford in Lincoln.

The sculpture is to be moored on the Brayford in Lincoln.

The sculpture was originally proposed to be floating in the water, however due to the complexity of the project it will now be stationed on the banks of the waterfront.

The temporary art installation was commissioned by Gymnasium, the contemporary art commissioning programme that presents new works in public locations in the city of Lincoln, alongside print editions and associated exhibitions.

Jeanine Griffin, Reader in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the University of Lincoln, who leads the Gymnasium art commissioning programme, said: “This new sculpture pays testament to a truly revolutionary thinker whose ideas continue to transform the way we live 150 years on.

“Boole’s legacy is all around us: in every computer, smartphone and digital device.

“We hope members of the public will enjoy this latest commission in the Gymnasium series, which connects Boole’s ideas with the physical place of his birth by means of an inspiring new artwork by internationally renowned artists.”

Artist Monica Narula, from New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective, said: “Lincoln was George Boole’s birthplace. He must have walked by Brayford Pool, asking questions that needed answers in ‘yes’, ‘no’, and perhaps, ‘perhaps’.

“This work remembers those moments outside the boundaries of yes and no, just outside the limits placed by the laws of thought.”