A 10-foot-tall daddy longlegs made of painted-red steel and 8-foot-tall painted-steel calamari with a single yellow eye are two of the 10 new sculptures temporarily installed on Main and Health Science Campuses last spring.
The sculptures are a part of the President’s Commission on Campus Design and Environment, which sponsors the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. The works were selected through a group of submissions to the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, which hosts numerous art and sculpture shows in Ohio and Michigan.
The new sculptures will be on exhibit until spring 2024, then removed to make room for new artwork installations.
An additional 25 sculptures between the two campuses, as well as the Toledo Museum of Art Campus, will continue to be part of the permanent collection.
The new sculptures on campus and their locations are:
• “Curves” by Ray Katz — on the top of the hill by University Hall;
• “DaddylonglegsIII” by John Parker — University Parks Trail;
• “Heavy Metal” by Alex Mendez — west end of Centennial Mall;
• “Duet” by Martha Cares — UTMC Medical Pavilion;
• “Calamari II” by Dave Vande Vusse — Health and Human Services Building;
• “Wipeout” by Todd Kime — Student Recreation Center;
• “Crescent Moon” by Kelly O’Neill — North Engineering Building;
• “Geared Up” by Richard Morgan — Thompson Student Union;
• “Celestial Fragments” by Ray Katz — Health and Human Services Building;
• “Micro” by Christina Wolfe — Flatlands.
“Every year the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition helps to refresh our campus with novel pieces adding a slightly new perspective,” said Jonathan Bossenbroek, chair of the commission. “I always appreciate hearing from students, faculty and alumni which pieces they enjoy and those that make them pause and think.”
Since the exhibition began 18 years ago, more than 170 sculptures have rotated through the display on UToledo campuses, and permanent works have become part of the University’s collection, courtesy of benefactors, colleges and departments.
More information about the commission and the permanent exhibit can be found at the President’s Commission on Campus Design and Environment website.
To make a gift to support the exhibition, contact The University of Toledo Foundation at email@example.com or by calling 419.530.7730.