OOSI Tour

The Case for Public Sculpture

11 Locations / Curated by JP Peralta

The Tour of Putnam Collection Sculptures around the CWRU campus, organized by and given through the Sculpture Center. The tour starts at David Davis' "Start." and curves around Junpier Road, down by the Law School, across Bellflower, towards KSL Oval, and then across Adelbert up towards Veale Athletic Center. Along the way the tour describes pieces by artists such as Keith Haring, William McVey, and Tony Smith.

The Tour will be given two times: once on September 17th at 5pm and once on September 24th at 5pm, by JP Peralta.

Locations for Tour

Start seems to unfold through time and space over a well traveled walkway. Davis' clever use of color and composition have the eye start at the pop of red on the base. The viewer's eye then moves across the elements from…

A slab of steel that has been cut out to resemble a line drawing of a woman from the back. Her head is bent over and her hands are in front of her, obscured by her body. She is nude. Matteson has created a powerfully intimate…

Twist ignites the space around it with a quiet energetic balance. The piece itself is heavy, made from imposing stone slabs that rise taller than 6 feet, but its active construction make it feel light and fluttery. Under proper…

“Water’s movement-- Fluidity in general—has been at the root of my art. In spite of budget limitations and maintenance problems, I have used running water in many of my sculptures. And because of weather patterns in certain…

Looking out at this courtyard between Tink, Guilford, and Mather Dance, one sees three structures: A maroon amphitheater, a light blue sit-in, and a beige cylindrical tower. However, what we see today is very different from the…

Snow Fence was the first sculpture acquired by the Putnam Collection in 1981. The piece was inspired by the wooden slat fences called well… “snow fences”, which are temporary partitions used to prevent snow drifts from…

Executed by one of the most iconic, American figurative sculptors of the 20th century, this monument to Hart Crane is a reminder that Cleveland fostered one of the most impactful American poets of the twentieth century. Crane was…

Light Year can sometimes slip right by under the shade of the small grove of trees by Kelvin Smith Library, but if there’s any piece in the collection that deserves more notice, it is Ronald Bladen’s Light Year. Bladen is held…

Hidden in plain sight, this massive sculpture on the roof of Crawford Hall consists of two huge steel panels, facing south and west. The panels are striped with solar strips. On sunny days, the panels and solar strips catch the…

One of the most recognizable structures at CWRU, Tony Smith’s Spitball is somewhat of a gentle giant. It is one of Smith’s earlier monumental works and in the book “Not an Object, Not a Monument” written by his daughters…

Near the end of his short life, Haring brought a number of his famous figures into the third dimension. This piece was finished 4 years before his death, based on an idea he had after his first exhibition of free standing steel…