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December 18, 2012

Sculptures at University : South Campus

Curious about the sculpture you see around you on campus? Check out President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection! A number of these sculptures are also represented in our AAEL Digital Image Collection.

Marshall Fredericks, American Eagle, 1950
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: South Campus

"At its August 1945 meeting, the Board of Regents received a petition from a group of Detroit alumni to rename Michigan Stadium in honor of former coach Fielding Yost. They submitted supporting letters from graduates including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy and New York Gov. Thomas Dewey. But Yost suggested in a letter that, instead, a war memorial should be erected to honor the university’s men and women who gave their lives for the country. In keeping with his suggestion, the American Eagle memorial, executed by Michigan artist Marshall Fredericks, stands at the southwest corner of the stadium."


Louis Marinaro, Wave Maker, 1988
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: South Campus

The sculptor describes it as "commemorating the time in our lives as well as the time of season in which we collect the fruits of our labors just as the farmer and the worker reap the benefits of their work. The female figure and the evergreen tree are images in this work intended to glorify the human and natural spirit of this earth. They signify the cycle of life (figure) and its everlasting qualities (evergreen). The reflection of the tree is meant as a metaphor for the fruits of our labors as they are a reflection of what we are and what we make."

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December 12, 2012

Sculptures at the University : North Campus

Curious about the sculpture you see around you on campus? Check out President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection! A number of these sculptures are also represented in our AAEL Digital Image Collection.

Dan Heikkinen, Wolverine 2001
© Renée Massarello
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Heikkinen, Class of 1981, also created the wolverine sculpture in Crisler Arena.


Beverly Pepper, Triad Ritual 1993
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: North Campus

Artist Beverly Pepper designed the cast-iron forms to "stand like gods and goddesses against the sky."


Alice Aycock, Summaries of Arithmetic Through Dust, Including Writing Not Yet Printed
1992
© Renée Massarello
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Aycock's drawings for this work line the wall in the Duderstadt Center, just east of Mujo Café.

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December 06, 2012

Oscar Niemeyer 1907-2012

Oscar Niemeyer, Congresso Nacional, Brasília, Brazil, 1958-1960
© William Muschenheim
Source: AAEL Digital Images

One of the greatest Modernist architects, Oscar Niemeyer, has died at the age of 104. The Brazilian is best known for designing numerous buildings - the cathedral, museums, theater, apartment blocks, government and office buildings - in the planned capital city of Brasília. Other works include the Church of São Francisco de Assis in Minas Gerais, Brazil; an apartment building in Berlin; the campus of the University of Haifa in Israel; the United Nations complex in New York (with Le Corbusier); numerous private houses; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, Brazil.

For more information, see the New York Times obituary and a profile of the architect in 1995, his entry in archINFORM, and the architect's website.

Congresso Nacional, Brasília, Brazil, 1958-1960
Ramp of Planalto Palace in foreground
© Robert A. Peterson
Source: AAEL Digital Images

Apartment house, Hansaviertel, Berlin, Germany, 1956-1957
© Edward Olencki
Source: AAEL Digital Images

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