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MU students build works of art for outside the classroom
Thursday, April 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:21 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The lawn of the Fine Arts Building on University Avenue has been taken over.

Students in a basic 3-D design class at MU have been constructing wooden sculptures since April 1.

It is a three-week project on public art — inspired in part by the work of Martin Puryear, a contemporary sculptor who works in a range of media, including wood.

“Like a Herd of Puryears,” as the project is called, is “an opportunity for the students to work collaboratively and with scale,” said David S. East, one of three professors for the class. “It also is an opportunity for the Art Department to have a greater presence on campus.”

David Hill, a student in the course, said he enjoyed taking class work outdoors.

“It sure beats being captive inside a classroom,” Hill said. “The only bad thing about working outdoors is that the weather does not always cooperate.”

Hill and his project partner, Josh Calcagno, made a dome-like structure, which can be seen from the corner of Hitt Street and University Avenue. Hill, a sophomore, and Calcagno, a senior, are both art majors at MU.

The two picked each other as partners because they sit next to each other in class.

“The students are not specifically working from Puryear, but his work serves as a good reference point from which they can begin,” East said. “The wood strips are used somewhat for their flexibility and because they allow the students to easily translate their ideas into a large scale.”

The students will be graded on their works Wednesday. Afterward, the pieces will be disassembled and the lawn restored to its normal state, leaving no trace of the passing herd.

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