Thursday, November 2, 2017

Otago campus sculpture pays tribute to Janet Frame

Should you visit the Otago University campus, look out for a stunning sculpture by Paul Dibble. Called Pathways, the assemblage incorporates five standing figures plus an accompanying ground level St Andrew's Cross inset into paving stones. All the pieces are loaded with local symbolisms, including this tribute to former student Janet Frame, referencing her first novel Owls Do Cry:

Frame studied English, French, Philosophy and Psychology at Otago in the 1940s but never completed an academic degree although she did successfully complete her teaching qualification at the adjacent Teachers' College. Janet Frame was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Otago in 1978, in recognition of her outstanding literary achievements to that date.


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