See Quantum Leap, unveiled to mark Darwin’s bicentenary

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Quantum Leap was unveiled in Mardol Quay Gardens, Shrewsbury to mark Charles Darwin’s bicentenary in 2009.

Charles Darwin, born and brought up in Shrewsbury, is the town’s most famous son and an official “Great Briton”. The Quantum Leap sculpture represents his ground breaking scientific ideas and his impact on the scientific world. The sculpture is the centrepoint of Mardol Quay Gardens, a “geo-garden” on the banks of the River Severn celebrating Shropshire’s geological history, with no less than 10 of the 12 geological periods represented in the county.

Geology played a large part in Darwin’s young life and was a key interest and inspiration to him during his years in Shrewsbury. Made from cast stone and standing, standing at 12 metres high and 17.5 metres long, it weighs in at more than 100 tonnes. The design itself is open to interpretation and has been likened to a shell, human vertebrae, DNA, a dinosaurs skeleton and more.

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Quantum Leap, on the banks of the River Severn, in ShrewsburyQuantum Leap, on the banks of the River Severn, in Shrewsbury © John Organ

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