Larry Kirkland received his undergraduate degree in environmental design in 1972 from Oregon State University and his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1974 from the University of Kansas. He collaborates with community and business leaders and design professionals to conceive and create his large-scale, multi-dimensional public artworks. Kirkland’s installations can be found in institutional and municipal buildings, transit hubs, research facilities, libraries, universities, cruise ships and urban parks and plazas. Among his many commissions are artworks installed at Pennsylvania Station in New York; the American Red Cross Headquarters and National Academies of Science in Washington, D.C.; Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan.
The striking black granite floor titled "Principia" is etched with milestones in the Bruce and Nora James Atrium of the Gosnell College of Science, a gift of the couple in 1998.