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‘Miami Aurora’ coming to Hoyt Hall

Connecticut artist Robert Perless will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 25-26, to install an outdoor sculpture, "Miami Aurora."

The sculpture uses the energy of light and motion in two pieces that will move freely, with prisms throwing rainbows into the surrounding environment. It consists of an 18-foot-high stainless steel base with a moveable 42-foot textured stainless steel horizontal vane.

"My outdoor works function as monolithic wind vanes," said Perless, who was selected by an art advisory committee. "Despite their massive size, these works are so aerodynamically sensitive that they respond to the slightest breeze."

A public reception in his honor will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the site of the sculpture in front of Hoyt Hall.

Funding of $41,610 is being provided by the Ohio Percent for Art Program.

Ohio’s Percent for Art legislation provides funds for the acquisition, commissioning and installation of original works of art for new or renovated public buildings that receive state appropriations of more than $4 million. Other Percent for Art projects at Miami include a sculpture on the Hamilton campus and the cast bronze door handles at Alumni Hall on the Oxford campus.

Members of the art advisory selection committee who also served as Ohio Arts Council (OAC) core members included Lynne Wagner, planning and construction, chair; Joe Cox, associate provost; and Rob Kret, director, Miami University Art Museum. Hoyt occupants on the advisory committee were Sandy Hayden, administrative assistant, career planning and placement office (CPPO); Joe Barry, assistant director, CPPO; Kathleen Brinkman, manager of consulting support, Miami Computing and Information Services (MCIS); and Mary Beth Dillon, senior systems analyst, MCIS. Also on the committee were Vic Camm, project architect with Burgess & Niple; Irene Funck, coordinator of the OAC Percent for Art Program, and her assistant, Andrew Houser.

Date Published: 10/13/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 12


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