A painting of The Building of Sydney Opera House by Robert Emerson Curtis is to be auctioned at Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire in aid of WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Operation. WIRES carries out vital work to aid wildlife, particularly following the devastating wildfires in recent weeks.
The picture has been donated by Professor Paul Cook, a former Professor of Environmental Science and Professor of Laser Physics at Brunel University who was responsible for the design and development of numerous laser systems used in medicine and the military throughout the world. Professor Cook also acted as a Scientific Adviser to the Government in the early 1990s and founded the British Scientific and Technology Trust. During this period he raised over £1m through his organisation of the ‘Treasures of Science Auction’ to help provide medicines to children in Russia in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster.