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Sparks Fly as New Sculpture Takes Shape

Synergy sculpture

Get a quick look at the artist at work on the fabrication of Rutgers' latest public sculpture. Synergy, by Julian Voss-Andreae, is a towering 19-foot model of a collagen molecule that graces the entryway to Rutgers' Center for Integrative Proteomics Research on the Busch Campus. Watch video and track the sculpture's progress at the center's Facebook page.

Student Earns Academic Credit for Researching Rutgers Sculpture

Clarissa Vinciguerra

Recent Rutgers graduate, Clarissa Vinciguerra, researched and wrote content for this page while earning 3 credits as an intern for Rutgers’ Department of University Relations.

Three Reasons Clarissa Took on the Challenge

  • “Students (including myself) and faculty are surrounded by sculptures we know nearly nothing about.”
  • “I wanted to learn the meaning behind the artists’ works and share these sculptures with other students.”
  • “Many of us spend years at the university never really understanding the value of the art and history of Rutgers.”

Best Aspects of the Project

  • Directly “corresponding with the artists.”
  • Picking up “professional skills I will use long after my years at Rutgers.”

Sculpture Insights

 

Get a jump on your tour with Larry Porter, university facilities senior landscape architect, and Clarissa Vinciguerra, art history and anthropology major, as they share insights about the sculptures found around Rutgers–New Brunswick in this RU-tv-produced video. Porter and Vinciguerra worked with the Rutgers Department of University Relations to develop the sculpture website and self-guided tour materials.

A New Jersey Law Nurtures Public Art

The New Jersey Public Buildings Arts Inclusion Act of 1978 has been a significant factor leading to the installation of outdoor sculpture at Rutgers. The law dictates that up to 1.5 percent of funding for public building projects be dedicated to works of art. Works such as Mary Miss’s Untitled sculpture outside of the Alexander Library were commissioned under the act.

Find Rutgers Sculpture in a Smithsonian Database

The Art Inventories Catalog is an online database that stores extensive and publicly available documentation of thousands of works of art. Created by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., through the contributions of volunteer organizations nationwide, the catalog includes many Rutgers sculptures. Learn more.

Surprise, delight, puzzlement, and contemplation—public art offers ample opportunity for them all. Some works make bold statements in places of prominence, while others await discovery in quiet corners off the beaten path. Visit Rutgers University–New Brunswick and find great public art in New Jersey.

 

View the Public Sculpture Photo Gallery

Throughout history, art has played a crucial role in dramatizing and memorializing events and institutions. Outdoor art in particular sends messages about the values and character of its setting, creating a distinctive experience for the spectator. The collection of outdoor works established at the Rutgers–New Brunswick campuses achieves this purpose.

Visiting Rutgers and seeing the public sculpture situated around our campus is the best way to experience the artworks. Does a work look different from different angles? At different times of day? But if a trip to Rutgers is not in your plans, you can still experience our sculpture by viewing the gallery.

SignalSignal evolved with the goal of creating a kinetic sculpture that didn’t actually move … [and] is unusual in that the piece still sings in overcast days when other sculpture fades. This is because no matter what the conditions, a horizontal pipe will always create some sort of shadow within.

Artist Ralph Helmick, commenting on his work Signal, found on the Busch Campus

Go on a Self-Guided Public Sculpture Tour

To get the most out of your visit and public sculpture tour, download our four PDFs. The PDFs for the Busch, Livingston, College Avenue, and G.H. Cook/Douglass campuses each have insightful sculpture descriptions and a campus map indicating where the sculptures are located.

Busch Campus

Busch Campus is notable for its math- and science-based disciplines and its many athletic venues. The sculpture here, some of Rutgers’ newest, is mostly abstract, which helps convey the campus’s energized, future-oriented persona. A few pieces are deliberately representational: a football player in midstride and a collection of biological organisms. Download the PDF.

Livingston Campus

The expansive Livingston Campus, the youngest and largest of Rutgers–New Brunswick’s five campuses, is home to many first-year students. Extensive building under way on the campus will result in new hubs for learning, living, and researching. The sculpture found here expresses a forward-looking personality, an academic feel, and a delightful eccentricity. Download the PDF.

College Avenue Campus

The artwork found on the College Avenue Campus preserves the presence of the university’s history in everyday student life. It also conveys the energy of life in New Brunswick, Rutgers’ home for more than 245 years. Download the PDF.

G.H. Cook/Douglass Campus

The G.H. Cook/Douglass Campus is home to facilities for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Douglass Residential College, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Sculpture on this campus gives a nod to the natural world, women’s leadership, the arts and sciences, and the performing arts. Download the PDF.

A Beloved Sculpture Lands at Busch Campus

Artist Thomas Jay Warren Comments on His Sculpture, The First Football Game Monument

The First Football Game Monument“I sculpted the 8-foot clay enlargement [of the sculpture] in an uninsulated and unheated studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the winter of 1996. The finishing of the bronze at the North Carolina foundry I used was down to the wire . . . I worked all day and night there finishing the metal and applying the patina.

“In the early morning hours I loaded the sculpture on a trailer behind my pickup and drove all that day and night with no sleep to New Brunswick so I could meet the installer and the crane at the scheduled time . . . After the installation was complete, I stayed with my friends in Edison . . . They remember that I showed up at the door, walked straight through the house, and collapsed in a hammock in the backyard. I slept there the rest of the day. They still laugh about it.”