I have absolutely no idea what this is supposed to signify. Update below. The above relief is located right next to the main entrance of the newer wing of the Kelvin Building, which houses the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Maybe someone in that department could fill me in on the significance of this quite intriguing design? It’s not the only curiosity of the Kelvin Building, as hidden in plain sight within is something which just blew my mind. I’ll feature what I mean as soon as I manage to pull some strings.
Thanks to a friend of mine, I’ve been told the symbol is the logo of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group. The logo probably dates all the way back to the first observatory back in 1757, although the oldest picture apparently dates back to the second observatory in Dowanhill in 1850.
The snake is probably Ouroboros, the pyramid might be the triangle of measurement with Freemason connections, and the star could be the star of the heavens, as the logo is attached to the Astronomy Department. This is not a absolutely definitive answer but unless someone contradicts the information I was given, I’m satisfied with this answer. (Thanks Edward!)
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