Sunday, March 6, 2011

Urban Hydrology

Every day I go back and forth from my classes, I notice these public art pieces that are placed along the street between Mill and Hall Street. These instillations, Urban Hydrology by Fernanda D'Agostino done in 2006, are carved granite sculptures that represent the environmental science that takes place at PSU. The enlarged microorganisms give a sense of being organic through the way some of them fold and look as if they may be floating. The divots in each of them also contribute towards the sense of realism and their sense of 3 dimensionality. None of these heavy sculptures require any armature as they are all resting on the ground. The placement and spacing between each piece is perfect to keep the viewer interested and allows one to follow them down the block. These pieces are similar to our replicas project in the abstraction from the original size. What gives these sculptures such an appeal is the accurate representation of their original forms, and the public placement of them. They capture the attention of the viewer because these are not shapes and forms that one would normally see.

-Rico Macias-Zepeda

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