2016 University City Sculpture Series

Daniel Shieh, Conversation Tubes, model.

Posted by Katherine Welsch January 14, 2016


Boundaries within communities shape our daily actions and perception of the world around us, and can involve anything from physical barriers to subjective cultural divides.

Members of the WashU and University City communities are exploring divides both tangible and intangible within the University City community as part of the 2016 University City Sculpture Series.

This year signifies the 30th anniversary of the partnership between Washington University and University City, which is the longest-running community/university public art series in the nation. Over the years, students have produced nearly 200 temporary public works of art around the community, ranging from sculpture to performance pieces.

Students in the course Public Practice: Realized Actions, taught by senior lecturer Noah Kirby, learned about the historical, theoretical, and practical considerations for creating art in relation to the material and social conditions of public space. They also developed proposals for this year's series that responded to the theme of Boundary, which they presented to the Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters of University City at the end of the semester.

The following winning projects will be constructed, installed, and unveiled in the spring:

Light Cycle by Hannah Blumer, BFA16
Mending Wall by Dante Migone-Ojeda, BFA16
Conversation Tubes by Daniel Shieh, BFA16
Sandbox by Jessica Sun, BFA17

The opening celebration for the Sculpture Series will take place from 2-4p April 17 at City Hall in University City. In addition, all of the proposals and models students presented to the Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters in the fall will be on display in the University City Public Library Gallery from February 9-29.


Funding for the annual Sculpture Series is made possible in part by the generosity of the Marvin Levy Family, the Regional Arts Commission, and the City of University City.