The area had been marked off with cold chain link fencing for weeks without seeing much change. Then, this week, a cement block was formed and a statue came to life atop it.
In the area nestled between University Hall, the only remaining building of the original six of Purdue’s campus, and the towering figure of Beering Hall lies Founders Park. A small grassy area with walkways interspersed, sculptures of various kinds appear and disappear over time. Now, a new sculpture has been created by visiting Illinois artist Preston Jackson. The art was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College of Liberal Arts, a department that is beginning to thrive despite having been constructed in a STEM centered school.
The sculpture is strange to behold.
The green images of the people resemble the mint color of our Lady Liberty and contrast sharply with the industrial steel sculpture they are perched on.
Alison Urbaszewski, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts, spent her early morning on the mall trying to distinguish what, exactly, was happening in the sculpture.
The statue will be formally dedicated on Friday at 3 p.m.