A lesson learned becomes a professorâ€™s turn. Jim Estes, professor of art, has been teaching at Missouri Western for 35 years, working with clay and wood. Recent discovery has changed his experience into something else.
In 2004, Estes won the Distinguished Professor Award, where he received $1,000 to increase his knowledge in any area he wanted to work on.
â€œI wanted to try something different,â€ Estes said.
Estes decided to build a sculpture. The sculpture was made out of metal, causing it to weight 600 pounds. The sculpture is so tall that the first time it stood up was when Estes place on its foundation, where it would permentally stay. He said that it was hard at first with cutting the metal.
Sophomore Michaela King, graphic design major, has known Estes since she started college. She said that his sculpture reminds her of an urban industrial rawness.
â€œI like the simplicity, size, and color,â€ King said, â€œIt gives me an urban city feel.â€
Allison Sauls, chairperson of the art department, said that she thought that it was ambitious and wonderful that Estes took on a new task.
â€œI would not be a bit surprised in anything he does,â€ Sauls said. The sculpture, â€œBeyond 2010â€ is located on the east side of E. Potter hall. Estes wanted a location that would visible through many angles on campus.
Estes wrote in a letter to Scanlon about â€œBeyond 2010â€ and the reasoning behind the name.
I hope the work I have created is reminiscent of the black monolith depicted in these movies (â€œ2001 A Space Odysseyâ€ and â€œ2010 The Year We Make Contactâ€) in that it instills curiosity and thought,â€ Estes said.
Sauls said that a sculpture does not have to mean anything because it is a sculpture; what we being to it is our history and experiences. She said that she is happy that Estes made â€œBeyond 2010â€ and decided to display it on campus.
â€œThat is what we need here on campus,â€ said Sauls, â€œit is a good learning tool for the students to see a sculpture made first hand.â€
King said that it was interesting to see Estes work on the piece while it was in the making. She said that it was also interesting because he was working on the sculpture while it was on its side.
â€œIt was interesting to see him work on a piece and the difficulties of a piece that large,â€ King said.
Estes said that it wanted the sculpture to be a symbol of technology and he believes that Missouri Western is glimpsing more improvement in the future.
â€œI wanted the spirit of a forward-looking institution to be reflected in that,â€ Estes said.