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Holloway Prison broochDesigned by Sylvia Pankhurst, c.1909WOA S694 Physically supporting the glass discs, and creating New Dawn’s overall shape, is a metal framework resembling a portcullis, the symbol of Parliament.
New Dawn by Mary Branson, 2016Photo: UK Parliament/Jessica TaylorSited above the public route through the Houses of Parliament, the raised portcullis framework symbolises the opening of the democratic process to women.
Early design for New Dawn as a single Venus symbolWatercolour by Mary Branson, 2014Combined with the circular glass scrolls, metal crosses on the portcullis framework create the symbol for women known as the ‘Venus symbol’.
Mary Branson in front of New DawnPhoto: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor"I wanted to create an open portcullis-like structure above the doorway to show that Parliament is now open to women, that we can go in, and that we are here to stay." Mary Branson