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After being forced to delay celebrations last year, the centenary of The King’s Buildings (KB101) was relaunched on 6 July. This marked the day in 1920 when King George V laid the foundation stone for the first of the buildings, that would form part of The University’s new science campus.

A schedule of events is planned throughout academic year 2021/22, with more details to follow.

In 2019, the College of Science & Engineering commissioned a permanent work of art by the internationally renowned artist and Edinburgh College of Art alumna Katie Paterson: read more about the commission.

Katie Paterson

Her work, ‘Ideas’ (2021) will be one hundred, three-line texts cut in stainless steel that each show an ‘Idea’. They will be installed this autumn across The King’s Buildings campus in a variety of locations.

Each ‘Idea’ is inspired by scientific thought and research, drawing on work done by colleagues in the College across the wide range of disciplines studied, including areas like the first colours on earth and the universe’s last stars.

The commission is being managed by the University Art Collection team, and will join other sculptural- and print-based works by the artist in the University collection, viewable on the collections website.

You can find out more about the artwork, and the KB101 celebrations on the College website.

Photography: Giorgia Polizzi