New UIS Student Union Artwork Installed

New UIS Student Union Artwork Installed


We have some art installation going on today. Artist Lisa Williamson, a California-based
artist, she is one of the two purchases we’ve recently made from the Chester Fund for the
Student Union. These amazing like cube arches are going,
three of them, here on a berm outside the Student Union. The series is called “Obstruction, Reflection,
Transition” and I was really interested in how public sculpture interacts with both
not only the landscape, but the people that are integrated into that landscape and so
for me it was really exciting that this is going to be a university installation. A student union is a space where you expose
people to different ideas and thoughts and artwork is a way to get people to think differently
and to think and expand their world. This is the first step. We will come in, we will have decomposed granite
pathways that come up to and around the sculptures. We will have native planting surrounding the
area and eventually the entire rectangle around these will be planted in buffalo grass. The high reflection of the stainless steel,
I really love the idea that it’s reflecting the architecture, it’s reflecting the foliage,
it’s reflecting the change in seasons. For me color is a huge part of the work, so
this idea of calibrating the color and really thinking about, you know the blue kind of
relating to the sky, the kind of yellow/orange being both kind of a golden yellow that might play
with the change in light, but also the change in seasons definitely. The green then is obviously relating to this
like Midwest kind of epic lush. Maybe it will spark some curiosity about artwork
that they then go and explore and learn more. Maybe they’ll stand outside and two people
will argue about it and one will love it and one will hate it and that’s great! There’s a lot of research being done right
now about those touchstones for students on campuses – places the evoke memories and you
know tug on their heart strings about their campus. We know the colonnade does that for the students,
the Lincoln Statue. I hope that these three pieces also evoke
that for our students and they remember it and they go on and tell stories and they come
back and they’re like ‘oh my gosh they’re still here.’ I love that and that’s exciting.

Dereck Turner

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