Sunday, October 3, 2010

College Students Sculpture

Often some of the most interesting things are right in your backyard.

I enjoy art and often drive to a city or town to see an exhibit. Yet within a few feet of where I work every day there is a work of art I never really noticed until recently. As you are walking on our central campus you can see water be sprayed up in a large arc and hear it splashing down in a pool.



It appears to have a large silver hula hoop over the top of a sculpture.



But when you are standing next to the fountain and look behind you, you see another similar sculpture on a small rise.



The work is made up of two pools of water and two sculptures. They are connected by a little stream of water that goes under the sidewalk. The first sculpture is made up of three college students.



One of the students is an older man -- a non-traditional college student.



One is a young man with a guitar.



And a young woman who is pregnant.



The water flows from the three college students to the larger pool and you see them a few years later on in life.



The young woman has a baby (and the child is holding a doll).



The older nontraditional student is dressed in a suit and looking at his watch.



And the young man is now holding his guitar out and it appears he is a rock star. Or maybe a local performer. Or maybe a teacher.



After working at this college for six years, this is the first time I really stopped and studied this very nice work. And it is only a few steps from my office.

Some times the best things are right in your backyard. Or closer.

7 comments:

L. D. Burgus said...

That is a very impressive set of works. I like those water rills where they connect everything with the trough of water. I will come back and look at this again. I need to stop and look at it again just like you.

Hilary said...

Now that's a really nifty set of art. I'm glad you headed over to get a good look and so pleased that you shared. The guitarist makes me think of my younger son and that always makes me smile. Thanks for that.

Small City Scenes said...

SLOW DOWN!!!!

I think you are working way to hard to not have noticed this great sculpture.
It looks like a real college story. My daughter went back to college when she had 2 babies and she loved it.

thanks for visiting my blog and today is another barn for you to enjoy. MB

Jo said...

Omigoodness, these are absolutely wonderful...! I had no idea.

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A Lady's Life said...

This sculptures sure make a community feel like home.
:)

Carla said...

It's a beautiful concept. Love the sculptures. And the campus looks so pretty.