Have you ever wondered what that sculpture outside Rasmuson Hall means or why there’s a stone lion in the UAA Geological Rock Garden? You may have glanced at these pieces while walking to your next class. The art scattered around campus is often overlooked among the hustle of the semester, but each has their own unique meaning.
“American Lion,” located within the UAA Geological Rock Garden, was created by Meg White. A rural Kentucky-based artist, White sourced her materials from limestone quarries in Bedford and Bloomington, Indiana. The entire sculpture was cut with power tools out of a single 40,000-pound block of limestone.
“Images Intervention” was produced by Dennis Oppenheim. The piece was immediately polarizing. Supporters called it a thoughtful “statement against violence and aggression.” Others called it a “pile of junk.”
“Image Intervention” was one of five pieces in a series that Oppenheim created in the 80s, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2016 at age 72.
“Inflorescence,” by Los Angeles-based artist Heath Satow, is located outside the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building. Satow wanted to do a piece that could relate to a broad range of scientific disciplines.
“You see [spiral patterns] from micro to macro across all the sciences,” Satow said in a previous interview with The Northern Light.
“Welded Moose,” by Bonnie Nygard, is located outside of the Auto Diesel Building. Nygard is currently the Director of Workforce Development at UAA.
“Transaction,” by Bright Bimpong, sits just outside Rasmuson Hall. “Now, many times when there’s a transaction, the information is on a database, so I use the disk to symbolize that. I tried to blend cultures and blend time,” Bimpong said in a previous story by The Northern Light.
“Tetradigm” was produced by Ted Jonnson. A Washington-based artist, “Jonsson was one of the first artists commissioned for artwork under the 1 Percent For Art ordinance,” according to his obituary on seattle.gov. Jonnson passed away in 2015.
The next time you walk past one of these sculptures, take a moment to appreciate their presence on campus. Dedicated artists coupled hard work and vision to create these pieces to be enjoyed by the community.