Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Co-ed

The St.Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas has several of these metal silhouettes in front of one of the buildings. When I find information, which seems to be non-existent, about the campus art I'll post it later. 'Til then, just enjoy this pretty co-ed.

23 comments:

  1. very appropriate statuette for the campus Kate.

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  2. Dear kate:
    When I read I am happy, did you know it my friend?

    A big hug

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  3. We also have something similar made from brushed stainless steel at our local library. Some brats have bent it backwards somewhat so it now takes on a curved look. That kind of minimalist sculpture makes it easier to keep the bank account full all the time. I mean compared to carving in stone.

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  4. Please Kate, could you explain to me what "co-ed" means?
    About your candies, yesterday, I choose Green Apple, the colour is so vivid that I guess the flavour from here!
    And thank you so much for your visits to Arradon DP, your comments are always appreciated.

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  5. elle est belle, et très surprenante, on dirait sorti d'un conte.


    It is beautiful, and very surprisingly, it seems out of a fairy tale.

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  6. Alice, I sent you a definition offline, but I'll define it here, too, for anyone else who may be unfamiliar with the term. Co-ed often refers to the female who attends an institution where BOTH men and women attend. Any educational institution who serves both is called a co-ed school.

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  7. Lovely! It ought to look even lovelier in the evenings. What a nice piece of art. Simple yet so ingenious and sweet.

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  8. Yes, I like this. Nice photo too.

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  9. Nice metal work there. Metal is good. Welding is good. Okay, I'm back now. I look forward to seeing what information you find.
    Thanks,
    Wayne

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  10. This is a fascinating sculpture Kate. I love the way the metal is curved to make the shapes. Great post.

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  11. Anonymous2:35 PM

    If you look carefully near this and the other silhouette sculptures at UST, there is a plaque explaining what they mean and who the artist is. I saw them a few weeks ago on a tour. (Can't remember what it said, though!)

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  12. I just returned from another trip to the UST campus, and tried to ferret out an explanatory plaque as described by Anonymous. There are lots of signs, but none that I could find for these metal silhouettes. I'll call UST tomorrow and ask if there is a websiste devoted to their outdoor art work, of which there are quite a few interesting pieces.

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  13. I always find this kind of urban art interesting. Your photo is great by the way. Check out some of the McKinney statuary particularly the teachers memorial. An interesting contrast in views of education in my opinion.

    By the way, I am a huge Katherine Hepburn fan. What a babe and what an actress, not to mention a strong free thinking woman.

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  14. I see she's intent on reading a book.

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  15. I like this a lot better than the bust of some dead guy that you see around most campuses.

    --steve buser
    New Orleans Daily Photo

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  16. Looks very neat.

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  17. Perhaps an art student from the school did these? Let us know if you find out.

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  18. I like this a lot - very interesting. It's like she really is in motion.

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  19. I checked St. Thomas' web site and didn't have much luck. I think you'll need to just call the school.

    It's kind of funny that this sort of information is so hard to find.

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  20. Did you ever have any luck identifying these sculptures? I found a very similar sculpture yesterday in the Allina Commons lobby, just off the Midtown Global Market. Very similar figures, and very cool.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't find any info about that work either. (Everything in the Global Market is pretty well labeled, but this was Allina's sculpture, so I don't think it was labeled as nicely. Though I also had my 2-year-old with me, and that makes finding things like small signs a little harder.

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  21. I don't know about the St.Thomas sculpture, but the Allina commons/Midtown Global market sculpture is by Gail Chavanelle, an Iowa artist.

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  22. Anonymous10:59 PM

    These metal women represent the "evolution of women". They look as if they are running and breaking through each other.

    Take a closer look at the terrzo floors in the science buildings. There is also an evolution theme. For example on the third floor which houses the biology department, if you look hard you will see fish in the patterns. On the fourth floors which house the computer science and chemistry floors, the patterns are very geometric and follow rigid patterns. The flow is basically very random on the lower floors to more of a strict pattern on the upper floors. Neat, but most people don't know the story behind this, though.

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  23. Anonymous, Who are you and how do you know so much background. Are you involved with St. Thomas? How can I contact you??

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