Public art created by UWSP students
Works of art created by UWSP students have been installed on the campus and at Goerke Park, the home stadium of the Pointer football team.
“Pointer Dog,” a new large-scale iron sculpture, has been installed on a grassy knoll west of UWSP’s Trainer Natural Resources building. Created by senior art student August Kochanowski of Junction City, the 2,500-pound, eight-foot tall dog was commissioned by student members of the Carlsten Gallery Student Advisory Council (CGSAC).
“It’s an amazing experience to have my work in a permanent public setting while still an undergraduate,” said Kochanowski, who is majoring in three-dimensional art. He came up with the concept in the fall of 2008 when given an assignment to create a sculpture using planar forms.
“I started designing with hardboard, quickly cutting the paper then folding it and I captured the essence of a dog,” he adds. After winning a contest sponsored by the CGSAC, he worked on the final sculpture for three months with the help of family and Metal Crafters.
The second installation, set into the gates into the stadium at Goerke Park, depicts athletic achievement through a spray painted mosaic of a running athlete who is creating “dust” in the form of bold geometric forms.
The project was created by UWSP Student Art League member and junior graphic design major Samantha Feld of Vernon Hills, Ill., through a partnership with the Arts Alliance of Portage County. It was first unveiled at Chancellor Bernie Patterson’s inauguration in April as a representation of student research.
“I loved working on the Goerke field project,” said Feld. “I think public art is a very important aspect of any community, as it creates a meaningful encounter to all who see it and leaves a legacy for generations to come. This was my hope for the project; to create a sense of pride from within the community for what Goerke field represents.”