“It will be quite arresting for people. They’ll stop and they’ll look and it’ll be something that you won’t just be able to walk by your first time without taking notice”
The left sure is obsessed with campus statues. I’m guessing no one will mess with this one.
The Associated Press reports, via WCTI News:
Massive Simone Leigh sculpture now greets University of Pennsylvania students
A 16-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman by artist Simone Leigh has been installed in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, and is being called an “impressive and challenging” addition to the Ivy League school.
The bronze, 5,900-pound sculpture, “Brick House,” was lifted by crane Tuesday from a flatbed truck and lowered to its new home at the corner of 34th and Walnut streets, the gateway to College Green.
The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin, and many statues of that Founding Father dot the campus, which sits in a majority Black city.
The work — the first of Leigh’s pieces to be installed on a college campus — depicts a Black woman’s head atop a form that suggests a skirt or perhaps a building. Another edition of “Brick House” is on display on New York City’s High Line through spring 2021.
“Brick House” is part of a series by Leigh that merges human form with diverse architectural elements. It was a gift from Penn alumni Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman.
“It will be quite arresting for people. They’ll stop and they’ll look and it’ll be something that you won’t just be able to walk by your first time without taking notice,” said Shaw.
See the photo below:
.@Penn installs a new 16 ft, 5,900 lb. bronze-cast sculpture, titled “Brick House,” by acclaimed artist #SimoneLeigh at the entrance of campus ft. President Amy Gutmann, @Pennalumni Glenn & Amanda Fuhrman, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw & @FrederickStei15 (Penn) https://t.co/oRRv3Dnm3F pic.twitter.com/GcTGSD9F74
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