News ID: 152812
Published: 0237 GMT June 07, 2016

Artwork marking women's vote battle lights up British Parliament

Artwork marking women's vote battle lights up British Parliament

It's more often likened to a circus than a gallery, but Britain's Parliament is full of art.

Most of it consists of portraits of somber-looking men, but the latest addition is different — a huge, vividly colored light sculpture commemorating the decades-long battle that won women the vote, AP reported.

'New Dawn' is the first abstract artwork created for permanent display in the neo-Gothic parliamentary complex. It was unveiled on June 7 — the 150th anniversary of the first mass petition to Parliament for women's votes.

Artist Mary Branson said her work is a tribute to the thousands of ordinary woman and men who campaigned for women's suffrage.

Almost 16,500 petitions bearing three million signatures were submitted to Parliament between 1866 and 1918, when women over 30 were granted the vote.

   
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