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Sculptures

There are a number of outdoor sculptures on Queen's campus. The most prominent is a group of geometric forms adjacent to University Avenue between Jeffery Hall and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Created in 1971 by Queen's fine art professor Alan Dickson, the group is called "Five Sculptures on Topological Themes." The work originally consisted of five terrazzo (stone and cement) forms (a number have been removed over the years due to damage) that each had a continuous surface - that is, a surface that can be entirely traced with one's hand without crossing an edge.

On the ground near the west side of the Art Centre, south of Harrison-LeCaine Hall, is "Thataway Again," a low-lying piece consisting of intersecting and overlapping steel members. It was created in 1979 by Tamworth-based sculptor Henry Saxe and purchased by Queen's in 1982.

Prominently displayed on the plaza west of Jeffery Hall is a dramatic, orange painted steel sculpture called "Pyramidal Structure: 'Sakarrah'." Commissioned in 1971, the work was made by Victor Tolgesy (d. 1980), a Hungarian-born sculptor who lived in Ottawa.

East of the tennis courts outside Theological Hall is a large white steel sculpture, an open rectangular frame. “Ground Outline” was created by Peterborough-based sculptor Peter Kolisnyk in 1978 and purchased by Queen's in 1981.

Outside Duncan McArthur Hall on west campus is an angular, yellow fibreglass sculpture called "Bent Yellow." This work was created in 1972 by English-born sculptor Raymond Spiers. On the south side of Duncan McArthur Hall is Jordi Bonet's "Iron Man," an abstract, cast aluminum form commissioned for this location in 1972.

An untitled painted steel sculpture by Canadian artist Andre Fauteux is mounted on the exterior east wall of the BioSciences Complex. This spare linear work was created in 1973 and donated to Queen's by Gesta Abols in 1985.

Bill Vazan's "The Three Observed" of 1992 was donated to Queen's by Dr. Michel D'Avirro in the same year. The granite stones incised with cosmological symbols were placed on the east lawn of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in 2000.

Nearby, mounted on the façade of the Art Centre, is Micah Lexier's energetic graphic piece in stainless steel, "A Minute of My Time (September 29, 1998 15:04 - 15:05)." The piece, from Lexier's series on the passage of time, was commissioned in 1999 with the support of the Millennium Arts Fund of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, and Thyssen Marathon Canada, Limited.

All Queen's sculptures are maintained by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

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