Forces of Nature: Hurricanes and Slinkys

Leticia Bajuyo, Hanover, IN
2007; on view from the summer 2007 through summer 2010
PVC tubing, Steel, Paint, and Artificial Grass

  • Leticia’s art has a reoccurring theme of questions about happiness and perspective.
  • She has been inspired by hurricanes and slinkys and how between the two the complex is simplified and the simple is complex.
  • The artist lives in the Midwest where hurricanes do not happen so the diagrams of circular forms showing the development of the storm, make it appear very controllable.
  • The slinkys seem so simple, yet the physics of the spring, and the limits of how much stress either side could take make it complex.
  • The sculptures in the exhibition combine these two visuals with a peaceful, but artificial, grassy eye of the storm.
  • There are 6 works crossing both sides of Memorial Dr.
  • Bajuyo is an Associate Professor of Art at Hanover College.

Crossing (after Whitman)

by Allison Warren, Urbana-Campaign, IL
2007; on view from the summer 2007 through summer 2010
17 Granite Stones with Silk-Screen text.

  • Warren interprets the title Live, Learn, Believe through the words of Walt Whitman and his poem, Song of the Open Road.
  • This poem is a ballad about having the courage to take on new risks, new ideas, and then to live, learn, and believe in oneself.
  • The stones read
    • I take to the open road ask no fortune I am good fortune
    • The Lesson is reception not preference or denial
    • Open road you serve me with latent unseen existences
    • Public road you express me better than anyone can
    • No limits or imaginary lines my own master total absolute
    • Here is the test of wisdom certainty in excellence of all
    • From my empowered gates here come flow from the soul
    • Here rises fluid character happiness pervades open air
    • Travel finds what never tries divine tings words cannot tell
    • Health wonder curiosity come one with earth the elements
    • The days must happen to you arrive where you were destined
    • Belong to fellow company broad with universal breadth
    • The universe is an open road sees everything that you reach
    • Go forth to something grand orever alive forever forward
    • Everyone come forth now this path was built for you
    • My call is a battle call fruition comes from structure
    • Now I offer my hand to you give yourself the road ahead.

Pass the Lace through the Loop

by Daniel Graham, Georgetown, KY
2007; replaced in 2008
Wood, Steel, and Paper

  • This work illustrates the symbiotic relationship found in academia.
  • One side is meant to represent teaching and the other side learning.
  • The sculpture illustrates the process of learning is given and taken by both parties involved.
  • When one participant is grounded the other is free to gain a different prospective of their environment.
  • Assistant Professor of Art, Georgetown College.

Who we are or want to be

by Jonathan Auger, Germantown, TN
Painted Steel
2007, on view from the summer 2009 through 2010 (near Cralle Student Center)

Up and Over

by Wayne Trapp
Stainless steel; 8 x 5 x 4 feet
2007, on view from the summer 2007 through 2008 (near Cralle Student Center)

The Sword of Damocles

Robert McConaughy, Cincinnati, OH
2007; removed 2012
Rope 30’x4’x 1”

  • His artistic process is based on immersion and familiarity with a particular context.
  • Simple forms, beautiful lines and gentle symmetry characterize his sculptures.
  • He wants the viewer to have a pleasant and stimulating experience: and his sculpture is not meant to tell the audience anything limited or obvious.
  • Damocles is a figure from a single Greek moral legend concerning The Sword of Damocles.
  • The name The Sword of Damocles is frequently used in arts and literature to allude to this tale. The story is also used to denote the sense of foreboding engendered by a precarious situation.