The largest sculpture Carl Zollo '52 ever created is at RIT.
His alma mater also has inspired some of his most whimsical and
The 8,000-pound, 11-foot high "Split Cube" at the entrance of
National Technical Institute for the Deaf is a campus landmark.
But visitors to any of the three annual Brick City Festivals have
seen another side of the Rochester artist's creativity. Zollo
has volunteered each year to design decorations for the Student
Alumni Union cafeteria, site of many of the festival's key activities.
"I try to come up with ideas that are easy to execute," says Zollo
of the Brick City work, "things that are fun for me and for the
people who work on the event, and those who come."
The first year, he came up with the idea of hanging hundreds
of lengths of ribbon from the rafters, creating an expanse of
color and motion. Even more memorable was a theme based on white
lights and silver stars.
"It was absolutely beautiful," recalls Cindee Gray, director
of community relations and special events. "Carl brings lots of
energy and enthusiasm to the project. I think people really look
forward to the decorations. He's a tremendous asset to Brick City
The Rochester native majored in art and design at RIT and became
art director for the newly formed Channel 8 television after graduation.
He began to explore sculpting, and developed a career as a metal
artist. Zollo's commissioned works can be seen at Eastman Kodak
Co., Genesee Hospital, Paychex, and many other Rochester-area
businesses and organizations.
In May 1992 at age 62, Zollo underwent quadruple bypass surgery,
but he has no plans to retire. "I'm going gangbusters," he says.
"I'm as active as I want to be.
"I'm more interested in doing volunteer work," he adds. Besides
his work at RIT, he lends his creativity to the Red Cross.
"It's the old story," he says. "I think we all reach a point
when we feel you've got to give something back."