Sentinel rises at heart of campus
An eye-catching sculpture
that promises to steel viewers breath away
will be dedicated Oct. 2. Created by Albert Paley, who holds the
Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Chair in the School for American Crafts,
The Sentinel will be a 30-foot-wide, seven-story-high, 110-ton
armored guard made of stainless steel, bronze and Cor-Ten steel.
|Albert Paley and
a model of The Sentinel, which is being erected on the RIT
campus this summer.
will act as a dynamic focal point and will reflect the identity
of the RIT campus in years to come, says Paley, who has
completed more than 40 large-scale commissions including the Portal
Gates for the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian and the 65-foot-high
Genesee Passage at Bausch & Lombs Rochester headquarters.
The RIT sculpture, which will stand in a new plaza at the entrance
to the Eastman Building and the Student Alumni Union, will be
Paleys largest work.
a transformation at college and their views of the world become
altered as their perceptions change, says Paley. Art
has the ability to introduce a human dimension to the environment
and Im hoping that if someone walks by The Sentinel, it
offers them an emotionally rich experience simply by the fact
of just being there.
RIT President Albert
Simone believes the sculpture will become a symbol for the university.
Albert Paleys magnificent work speaks to and celebrates
arts and technology at RIT. We believe a good first impression
of our campus will create a lasting one.
To see The
Sentinel construction online, go to www.rit.edu/paley.