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The Sentinel rises

Sculptor Albert Paley supervised the assembly of his largest work, which took shape on location in front of the Student Alumni Union. Following nearly four months of site preperation, construction and landscaping, The Sentinel was formally dedicated in October.

The Sentinel, the largest sculpture on any campus in the United States, stands tall at the center of RIT. The 110-ton, 73-foot high, steel, stainless steel and bronze sculpture by Albert Paley was dedicated at a gala event Oct. 2.

“The sculpture refers to the technological dimension of the institute and the dynamic transformative nature of the educational process,” says Paley, the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Endowed Chair in RIT’s School for American Crafts. “The Sentinel combined with other artworks on campus aids in defining the cultural profile of this university complex.”

Pieces of the sculpture were fabricated in Paley’s Rochester studio, then assembled at its home in front of the Student Alumni Union. These photos by A. Sue Weisler ’93 show the work as it progressed from June to August. For more, visit the Web at www.rit.edu/paley.