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IU Herron School of Art lands major sculptural installation for 'welcoming campus' initiative

Mar. 30, 2016

Twelve life-size figures cast in iron and glass will soon grace the IUPUI campus, taking up residence along a path southeast of University Library.

horizons exhibit at iupui

The 400-pound figures flank a diagonal sidewalk running from the northwest corner of Blackford and New York streets to the library greenspace on IUPUI's campus. | PHOTO COURTESY OF IUPUI

"Horizons," an outdoor installation of work by internationally known Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, was scheduled to be placed at the Herron School of Art and Design on March 18.

The 400-pound figures are slated to flank a diagonal sidewalk running from the northwest corner of Blackford and New York streets to the library greenspace. Herron associate professor of sculpture Eric Nordgulen and director of landscape architecture Mark Ramsey will oversee the installation, scheduled for completion by March 23. The public art will be on view for 18 months.

Gallery directors and critics around the globe have described Thórarinsdóttir's work as spiritual, distilled, elemental, raw and forceful.

The public art project is tied to a broader effort to make the IUPUI campus more welcoming for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. First announced at Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar's installation and shared in his Report to the Community address, this effort will provide IUPUI the opportunity to reshape its campus into one that is a more inspiring and welcoming destination for all.

"This remarkable installation not only speaks to the power of art to transform public space but will also deeply enrich the experiences of visitors to the IUPUI campus," Paydar said. "I can think of no better symbol for the changes that will reshape our campus than Thórarinsdóttir's powerful and compelling installation."

As an introduction to the exhibit, Herron will host lauded documentary filmmaker Frank Cantor, who will give a public talk and a screening of his 28-minute film about "Horizons" beginning at 6:30 p.m. today in the Basile Auditorium at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St.

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