Herron School of Art lands major sculptural installation by Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir
Twelve life-size figures cast in iron and glass will soon grace the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, taking up residence along a path southeast of University Library.
“Horizons,” an outdoor installation of work by internationally known Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir (pronounced Stay-nun Thor-orens-daughter), is scheduled to arrive at the Herron School of Art and Design today, with placement of the statues to begin Friday, March 18.
The 400-pound figures are slated to flank a diagonal sidewalk running from the northwest corner of Blackford and New York streets to the library greenspace. Herron associate professor of sculpture Eric Nordgulen and director of landscape architecture Mark Ramsey will oversee the installation, scheduled for completion by March 23. The public art will be on view for 18 months.
Gallery directors and critics around the globe have describedThórarinsdóttir’s work as spiritual, distilled, elemental, raw and forceful.
The public art project is tied to a broader effort to make the IUPUI campus more welcoming for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. First announced at Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar’s installation and shared in his Report to the Community address, this effort will provide IUPUI the opportunity to reshape its campus into one that is a more inspiring and welcoming destination for all.
“This remarkable installation not only speaks to the power of art to transform public space but will also deeply enrich the experiences of visitors to the IUPUI campus,” said Paydar. “I can think of no better symbol for the changes that will reshape our campus than Thórarinsdóttir’s powerful and compelling installation.”
As an introduction to the exhibit, Herron will host lauded documentary filmmaker Frank Cantor, who will give a public talk and a screening of his 28-minute film about “Horizons” beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 30 in the Basile Auditorium at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St.
“‘Horizons’ is a compelling installation that will surely engage the IUPUI community as well as the many visitors to our campus,” said Herron dean Valerie Eickmeier. “Frank Cantor will bring an added educational component through his documentary.”
Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir is born in Reykjavik, Iceland. She lived in England and Italy where she got her training as a sculptor. Steinunn has been working professionally for close to 40 years and has exhibited widely in Europe, Japan, USA and Australia. Her works are in private, public and corporate collections worldwide. She works in various forms of sculpture and uses many different materials for her artistic expression. Steinunn has through the years done numerous commissions both indoor in specific spaces as well as site specific outdoor work. Steinunn lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.