Western welcomes unique sculptures


Music of Spheres and Evolving Trefoil are currently what students and faculty will be looking at while entering and leaving Remington and Agenstein buildings on campus.

On February 25, many celebrated the installation of the newest sculptures here on campus. Music of Spheres is the newest outside sculpture, located in front of Agenstein and Remington Hall. The two-thousand pound bronze piece of art adds a new visual and elegant look for the Western campus.

Nearly 70 people filled the seats at the dedication of the newest sculptures. Meaning and beauty was admired, along with special remarks from the sculptor Brent Collins and collaborator Dr. Carlo Séquin.

“I finished the design around Christmas time in 2011, and it was originally supposed to be installed in May of 2012 and it was much harder to design and build,” Séquin said. “They’re all of the difficulties and gravity.”

With years of self-education and self-realization, Brent Collins was able to form an art piece that is both mathematically and scientifically present. His piece, entitled Evolving Trefoil, is also located outside of Agenstein and Remington Hall.

The purpose of installing the two sculptures was that their setting is scientific and mathematical in nature. Agenstein and Remington, which are both math and science buildings, serve as a great setting for the meaning behind the sculptures.

While working on the sculptures, Collins feels as though the process has emerged over a lifetime of events.

“It takes geometric coherent and with Carlo’s software we were able to create the objects,” Collins said.

Students and faculty filled the balconies last week for the installation of the trefoil knot. The indoor evolving trefoil is disguised as a woven structure on a scale that had to be assembled inside the atrium. The triplet of over-under crossings and rotational symmetry not only fills up space but also expresses visual mathematics.

Evolving Trefoil’s design was expected to be installed in May of 2012, but the design was harder to build than expected. Séquin believes that all the gravity made it difficult to build, but the event was a good turnout.

“It was a huge success, and it’s amazing to see what a sculpture can do to space,” Séquin said.

Marie Charmaine Banez, student and member of Tri Sigma, admired and praised the new sculpture at the dedication ceremony. She thought the art work that was created brought something to the campus that students have never seen before.

“The event turned out great and the sculptures are something you don’t see every day,” Banez said.

Dr. Jason Baker, professor of Biology, feels as though the Evolving Trefoil sculpture is appropriate for the space inside of the Remington Hall atrium.

“It’s an imaginative art, knitted with themes of science and mathematics,” Baker said.

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