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University dedicates campus sculpture designed, built by students

Nicholas Edwards in front of the sculpture

Nicholas Edwards in front of the sculpture

Towson University President Maravene Loeschke and students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered Friday, May 9, to dedicate a new sculpture on campus.

Located between Hawkins Hall and the College of Liberal Arts Building along the International Walkway, the sculpture was designed by Nicholas Edwards ’13, and built in collaboration with David Meyer ’14, Harrison Doyle ’14 and Dave Perry ’14.

When the president announced a Campus Sculpture Initiative, Edwards—then a sculpture student—submitted a design he hoped would pique the curiosity of the campus community. The initiative, which chooses one design every year to become a campus installation, selected Edwards’ design and he set to work creating it.

Constructed of welded, powder-coated steel, the “point-of-view specific” sculpture is made up of 15 individual parts. “I wanted to force the viewer to interact and move around my piece,” explained Edwards in an interview with COFAC Today. The piece changes forms from every angle and what from one viewpoint looks like an abstraction from another angle becomes a large sign spelling “TOWSON.”

Advanced sculpture students Meyer, Perry and Doyle worked with Edwards to navigate the inherent challenges of the design’s fabrication. “Walking past the sculpture from the side, it is spatial and abstract, until you come around and it hits you over the head,” said Meyer.

“I hope you go walk around it and see how the word constructs itself and deconstructs, I think that’s the most fun piece,” said Susan Picinich, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, at the dedication ceremony.

“Thank you all for being supporters of the arts, and for coming out today. I hope you’ll come out for many future sculptures because I hope we can keep this project going with equal energy as the years unfold. Thank you to our students.”

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