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Undergrads Liven U City Parks with Public Art

A group of six Washington University sculpture students were chosen to create temporary sculptures in city parks.

A sextet of young sculptors gathered in Sunday afternoon to present their completed public art concepts.

In a project co-sponsored by Washington University, the University City Municipal Commission of Arts & Letters and the , six college juniors from Wash U's undergraduate sculpting program at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts conceived, designed, built and installed public artworks in as many University City Parks.

2011 marks the , which has become an annual spring event for the city.

Under the guidance of Professor Ron Fondaw -- who has also assisted graduate students with the project -- Anna Roseberry, Jessica Star, Brianna Jordan, Cathryn Garcia-Menocal, Erica Sandrock and Madison Sembler have created their first public sculptures. The commission selected these artists from a class of approximately 15 students.

Members of the community can view the artworks from now until September.

Public spaces in this year's exhibition series include:

  • The / Kaufman Park: "Collections," by Anna Roseberry. 8025 Blackberry Ave.
  • : "Open Esno," by Jessica Star. Intersection of Delmar Blvd. and Jackson Ave.
  • : "Living Room," by Brianna Jordan. Intersection of Pershing Ave. and Midvale Ave.
  • Pond: "EarthComposition," by Cathryn Garcia-Menocal. Intersection of Delmar Blvd. and Yale Ave.
  • : "Yours, Mine, Ours," by Erica Sandrock. 6701 Delmar Blvd. 
  • Non Park: "Non Park," by Madison Sember. Intersection of Olive Blvd. and Kingsland Ave.

attended the event and commended the Washington University students and the Commission on Arts & Letters for their efforts to make this year another success. Welsch made a proclamation that April 2011 would be Celebrate Public Sculpture Month.

Jessica Star received special recognition for "Open Enso," which the commission awarded as the Best in Show.

From submitting a proposal in November to installing the sculptures this spring, the creative process of planning, budgeting and adapting to difficulties proved to be a growing experience, Star said.

"Being an artist -- especially a public artist -- is like being an entrepreneur," Fondaw said. "This is a really good confidence builder ... I try to push them to take advantage of what this project does."

All Washington University sculpture students are required to take Fondaw's class in their junior year and have the option to repeat as seniors.

Brianna Jordan enjoyed seeing the public's reaction to her artistic, outdoor couch and chair in "Living Room."

"I think this project has really turned into being about community for me," Jordan said. "One woman asked to put some pillows on the couch."

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