Renowned artist Sarah Sze came to Western in May for the unveiling of the university’s newest sculpture, Sze’s “Split Stone (Northwest).”
The work is a single boulder, split in half, like two halves of an open geode. On the interior surfaces are photographic images of the sky at sunset, constructed from fragments of color incised into the cut face of the stone. The images on the two surfaces mirror each other, as if the boulder’s core held the fixed image of the sky.
Youngsters from Western’s AS Child Development Center, who were studying rocks and pebbles, had the honor of officially unveiling the work.
Sze, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003 and represented the U.S. at the Venice Biennale in 2013, is a professor of visual arts at Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited in museums around the world.
Photo by Rhys Logan '11