Happy International Sculpture Day! Of course, the Ulrich Museum is well-known for its world-class Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection on the Wichita State University campus, which features 80 pieces from some of the most celebrated sculptors of the 20th & 21st centuries. However, it’s our soon-to-be 81st piece that we’re currently most excited about.
We are happy to report that Alice Aycock's sculpture, "Twister Grande," is moving forward as planned. The shop in Florida that is fabricating the sculpture is still functioning; they sent us some photos of the work in progress (below, along with rendition of the sculpture), and are confident everything will be ready in time for its installation on the Wichita State University "Innovation Campus" scheduled for the first week of August.
Aycock was the 2018 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center — a testament to her significance in the field. The “Twister” series is the culmination of Aycock’s practice. It gives solid form to the ever-moving natural force of wind, which impacts Kansas more than most places, and combines it with the imagery of dance and a complex production process that makes advances in contemporary computer-assisted design visible and palpable.
Once on campus, the 13-foot, powder-coated aluminum sculpture will be a significant addition to our sculpture collection, which currently contains only a handful of key works by major women sculptors. Adding this work by Alice Aycock will celebrate the best that art has to offer in public space while also celebrating a woman artist who herself a force of nature.
It will still be several months before the Aycock sculpture is installed. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts (and pictures) below on which Ulrich sculpture is your favorite!
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