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“Star Sphere 2010,” by Susan Ewing relates to the First Amendment of the Constitution and is aptly located near the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the north end of Franklin Hall in the Esplanade Circle.  The star is meant to pertain to newspapers, many of which feature the word “star” in their names. It also relates to the power of photojournalism, which “changed the direction of America” in 1970 after the Kent State shootings.
“Star Sphere 2010,” by Susan Ewing relates to the First Amendment of the Constitution and is aptly located near the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the north end of Franklin Hall in the Esplanade Circle. The star is meant to pertain to newspapers, many of which feature the word “star” in their names. It also relates to the power of photojournalism, which “changed the direction of America” in 1970 after the Kent State shootings.
Located on the University Esplanade near Kent Hall on Hilltop Drive, “Eye To Eye,” by Barry Gunderson is a welded aluminum abstraction of two heads facing each other in deep thought.
Located on the University Esplanade near Kent Hall on Hilltop Drive, “Eye To Eye,” by Barry Gunderson is a welded aluminum abstraction of two heads facing each other in deep thought.
“Athleta,”, a tribute to the ideal of “man and his search for excellence,” and part of Giancarlo Calicchia’s series “The Witnesses”, is a carved granite boulder surrounded by other granite pieces that are located along the University Esplanade between Terrace Drive and Kent Hall.
“Athleta,”, a tribute to the ideal of “man and his search for excellence,” and part of Giancarlo Calicchia’s series “The Witnesses”, is a carved granite boulder surrounded by other granite pieces that are located along the University Esplanade between Terrace Drive and Kent Hall.
Located behind Merrill Hall in the Beck Family Memorial Gardens, ''Behind the Brain Plaza'' by Kent State University Professor Emeritus of Art, Brinsley Tyrrell, provides seating and gathering areas in the pedestrian plaza.
Located behind Merrill Hall in the Beck Family Memorial Gardens, ''Behind the Brain Plaza'' by Kent State University Professor Emeritus of Art, Brinsley Tyrrell, provides seating and gathering areas in the pedestrian plaza.
“Limits of Spoken Language: Congeries” by Jarrett Hawkins is located in the newly renovated Risman Plaza. This abstract piece is made of Corten steel.
“Limits of Spoken Language: Congeries” by Jarrett Hawkins is located in the newly renovated Risman Plaza. This abstract piece is made of Corten steel.
Located inside the lobby of the Roe Green Center addition to the Music and Speech Center, ''Light Which Can Be Heard'' by Olga Ziemska is visible to passersby due to the glazed exterior walls of the lobby. The piece reflects movement via dancing figures and color patterns resembling the Aurora Borealis and Northern Lights.
Located inside the lobby of the Roe Green Center addition to the Music and Speech Center, ''Light Which Can Be Heard'' by Olga Ziemska is visible to passersby due to the glazed exterior walls of the lobby. The piece reflects movement via dancing figures and color patterns resembling the Aurora Borealis and Northern Lights.
Located in the Riley Alumni Gardens at Cunningham Hall, ''Spiral Growth'' by Janet Lofquist is made of Lannon wall-type stone. The design is based on one of nature's more dynamic forms; that of the spiral.
Located in the Riley Alumni Gardens at Cunningham Hall, ''Spiral Growth'' by Janet Lofquist is made of Lannon wall-type stone. The design is based on one of nature's more dynamic forms; that of the spiral.
“Engagement With Color,” by Mikyoung Kim is located to the west of the Liquid Crystal Materials Science Building. The sculpture shows the vibrant conditions found in the cross-polarized images of liquid crystals by the use of various colors of fiber optic light within the structure. The sculpture and its environment of color are places for direct engagement and contemplation.
“Engagement With Color,” by Mikyoung Kim is located to the west of the Liquid Crystal Materials Science Building. The sculpture shows the vibrant conditions found in the cross-polarized images of liquid crystals by the use of various colors of fiber optic light within the structure. The sculpture and its environment of color are places for direct engagement and contemplation.

Art Walk along Sculpture Mile and Percent for Art Projects

Recognizing the state's responsibility to foster culture and the arts and to encourage the development of artists and craftspersons, the Ohio Legislature enacted the Percent for Art legislation. Funds are provided through the Ohio Arts Council for works of art for new or renovated public buildings with Capital appropriations of more than $4 million. For such projects, the law provides that one percent of the total appropriation be allocated for the acquisition, commissioning and installation of art work.

Works of art commissioned by Kent State University related to the Percent for Art program have been installed at various campus locations throughout the years. Now deemed the "Art Walk along Sculpture Mile", newer sculptures were installed during the summer of 2010 along the University Esplanade, a trail through campus featuring statues representing some of the highlights of the university.

New Sculpture Walk Along Kent State's Esplanade Featured Video

View the Interactive Kent State University Sculptures Map