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New sculpture installed outside Phillips Hall

RELEASED: July 12, 2010

A new sculpture titled "The Study of Structure, Blood Cells and Magnetism" was recently installed outside Phillips Hall. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

EAU CLAIRE — A new sculpture recently was installed outside Phillips Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. "The Study of Structure, Blood Cells and Magnetism," located on the southeast side of the building, was designed by artist Susan Walsh to represent the values and activities within the science facilities at Phillips Hall.

There are three components to the sculpture. The open-framed inverted cone represents the study of structure in UW-Eau Claire's newly created Materials Science Center. The MSC supports research, facilitates collaboration among science faculty, promotes interactions between the university and local industries and encourages undergraduate students to perform research with faculty members. Walsh said she was inspired by UW-Eau Claire's substantive research opportunities for students.

The spheres symbolize enlarged red blood cells representing biology, chemistry and electron microscopy.

"I have designed a network of enlarged blood cells nestled against each other and moving through the first component for visual cohesion," said Walsh. "In general the study of cells figures prominently in many other departments as well."

An enlarged magnet represents magnetic forces in geology, geochemistry and physics.

"I see all three basic components visually working together and conceptually overlapping in meaningful ways to represent the science departments," said Walsh, a Madison native.

Walsh was commissioned and the sculpture was installed using "Percent for Art Program" funds associated with renovations to Phillips Hall that took place in 2008. The Wisconsin Arts Board Percent for Art Program was established in 1980. Under the legislation, two-tenths of one percent of the total construction costs of new state building or renovation projects is designated for the commission or purchase of artwork. Only state buildings with a high degree of public access are eligible for Percent for Art funding.

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