EAST CENTRAL STUDENTS WORK ON LARGE SCALE PUBLIC SCULPTURE
Students in the Sculpture II class at East Central University have built a large scale silhouette of a horse located in a sculpture park in the 800 block of 12th Street in the heart of the new Arts District of Ada. The sculpture serves as the public sculpture emphasis of the sculpture II curriculum. The students, Scott Johnson, Angela Mackey, Mackenzie Miller, and Erin Wetherill, collaborated with instructor Aaron Hauck on planning, maquette construction, site location, proposal development, permitting, and the construction of the sculpture. The fabrication of the sculpture enhanced the students’ welding, plasma cutting, fastening skills, and problem solving skills. The sculpture measures 27’ tall and 19’ wide. If all goes as planned it will join a small herd of horse sculptures dwelling on hillsides across southern Oklahoma.
Projects like this are very unusual for undergraduates and would not be possible without the support of Landmark Bank and Mark Landrum. Assistance was also provided by the 1120th Maintenance Company of the Oklahoma National Guard, The ECU Physical Plant, Fastenal of Ada, Dewayne Johnson, and Dr. Brad Jessop among others. The sculpture park is also being developed by Landmark Bank and will serve to enhance the area and assist with the economic development of the arts district by providing an additional destination for tourists in the area.
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Photos by Era Levy, Erin Wetherill, and Aaron Hauck