"Sticking Tommies"

Platteville, WI

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Art Studio Overview:

This site-specific installation is based on the candles first used by the early lead miners to light their way. Candles were worn in hats, stuck into crude lumps of clay, which they called "sticking tommies." The sculptural lighted columns flank the walk that connects the University campus with the Ullsvik Center. While the tops of each column maintain a consistent height that is seen as a "beacon" from the distance, they also descend into the lower plaza in relationship to the change in elevation. The colonnade embodies the "path" that students take, symbolic of the transformation from raw clay to the knowledge and wisdom contained in the books that hold the candles. The lighted columns create a "portal" to the Ullsvik Center.

  • CLIENT: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • COMPLETE: August 2008
  • SIZE:
    6 columns measuring 10'10", 15'10", and 19'10", all 12" diameter