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Lawrence Hargrave Memorial

Bert Flugelman's statue of Mercury

The Library's logo is derived from a sculpture: "Lawrence Hargrave Memorial " by Bert Flugelman.

Born in Vienna, Bert is a distinguished painter and sculptor who taught for many years in the Faculty of Creative Arts and has been recognised as a "fellow" of the University. Flugelman, of course, means "Flight Man".

"Lawrence Hargrave Memorial" was commissioned by the Friends of the University to celebrate the achievements of Sir Lawrence Hargrave who, through his experiments with box kites and his correspondence with the Wright brothers, was integral to the development of man-made flight at the turn of the twentieth century.

Flugelman's homage depicts flight at the moment of take off, the transition from the grounded world into the air, the base and the figure appearing to be moving up and outwards into the heavens. The sculpture is located on Mount Keira, watching over the University below and can be seen from many vantage points in Wollongong.

The University of Wollongong Library adopted "Lawrence Hargrave Memorial" as the inspiration for its logo. The Library's aspiration is to be a knowledge resources centre of distinction, promoting the intellectual freedom that knowledge can bring, just as the knowledge of flight delivered an unprecedented physical freedom for human beings.

As the figure aspires upwards, so too does the Library as it aims ever higher in its continual enhancement of the services and resources it delivers to the University and its wider community.

Last reviewed: 22 April, 2014

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