2015 University City Sculpture Series

Have A Seat: Say, What's Good? by Madeline Marak, 2015 University City Sculpture Series. Photo by James Byard.

Posted by July 31, 2015


Now in its 29th year, the University City Sculpture Series gives WashU students the opportunity to propose and execute temporary site-specific installations in University City.
For the 2015 edition of the series, students were asked to develop proposals around the theme of "Citizen," honoring Sculpture Series founder Marvin Levy's vision that this collaborative project "explore ways to involve the citizens of a community in the processes and conversations of public art."

The 2015 University City Sculpture Series features the following four commissions, which will remain on view through the end of September unless otherwise noted.

Golden in Silver by Jonathan Berger, MFA16
Exhibition on view July 11-August 7 at University City Public Library

Citizen engagement is the focal point of Golden in Silver. Berger hosted numerous public events where University City citizens of all ages were invited to tell their stories and have their portraits taken using a tintype camera. These pictures and stories are featured in a summer exhibition at the University City Public Library, through the mail, and on the project’s website as a way of "beginning to recognize the gold of University City, its citizens."

Hands of Change by Sarah Hull, BFA15
Installed on Ackert Walkway near Ackert Park, 894 Leland Ave.

Hands of Change celebrates the activist role of citizens. The installation features concrete hands emerging from the ground along Ackert Walkway, holding large, semi-transparent historical photographs of activist moments in University City. "Activism requires a sense of ownership of one's community that goes
far beyond the role of a resident and forces a community to come together to respond to an issue," Hull said.

Have A Seat: Say, What's Good? by Madeline Marak, MFA16
Installed in Millar Park, 7603 Carleton Ave.

Marak's research into the use of public spaces brought to light the responsibility citizens can come to feel about the spaces they frequent. Have A Seat: Say, What's Good consists of a colorful outdoor living room space that provides an unexpected but comfortable setting where community members can interact with one another. She believes that "as citizens, we don't always get to choose where we live, but we can choose how we live in that place."

Stockade by Jared Stein
Installed on Delmar Blvd. near Craft Alliance (6640 Delmar Blvd.)

Stockade reflects Stein's belief that "to be a citizen is to enter into a social contract with a given community." It looks at what happens when the community feels this contract has been broken, through a monument consisting of a large transparent Plexiglass stockade. Sited in the area west of Craft Alliance, the piece matches the traditional placement of the stockade—a central and heavily trafficked public space—and, according to Stein, should represent "the transparency of the modern judicial system and serve as a symbol of the social contract between citizens and the agents of the judiciary."


Funding for the Universty City Sculpture Series is provided in part by the Marvin Levy Family, the City of University City, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.