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. On one side, a red base with a square cutout supports a 52" wide yellow strut that splits and twists overhead, meeting with a 26" silver beam…

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…

16 sandstone slabs fan out as they stack up to form two wide legs. Out from where the two legs eventually meet, a third structure of similarly stacked and twisted slabs rises. Twist has earned its name easily. It looks like 3…

A large, asymmetrical, stepped pyramid that rises placidly from the grass. On one side of the sculpture the mottled red stone aimlessly stacks itself up to the peak, where it meets the water. Then down the other side of the…

The Turning Point Garden initially consisted of 4 sculptures when it was installed in 1997. Since then, the titular piece: Turning Point, has been removed to make room for the Tinkham Veale University Center, leaving just three…

The shadow of a little girl with an umbrella sits on a narrow green pipe accompanied by a similarly silhouetted dog. The pipe sits softly on the grass between the Thwing Center and the Mather building. As it approaches Thwing, it…

A torso length portrait of modernist poet Hart Crane. The top button of his jacket is undone and his collar stands around his neck, seeming to flap in the wind. His hands rest at his waist, slightly bent as if in motion, holding a…

"... as if a gigantic wave poised before it makes its fall... the drama is best described as awesome or breathtaking." - Ronald Bladen Bladen's own words best describe the tension in his piece "Light…

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…

A bold, black structure made up of sharp trapezoids and angled triangles that sits in the middle of Case Western Reserve University's engineering quad. The form is confounding and frustrating at first glance; it is strangely…

A flat blue figure at the bottom of a plie, extends his arms perfectly perpendicularly in front and behind himself. Meanwhile, an upside down orange figure with his legs splayed up to the sky, balances on the blue figure's…