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STEVEN SIEGEL Public Art Project, "Two of ’em"

Siegel's work at Penn State Berks

Utilizing recyclable objects such as plastics and cans, internationally known artist Steven Siegel worked with volunteers to create a monumental outdoor sculpture on the campus of Penn State Berks, Reading, PA.

The work, which helps define our college mission to "go green," was created by visiting artist Steven Siegel with campus and community volunteers, and will remain indefinitely.

Siegel, of Red Hook, New York, and volunteers worked over 175 hours in one week, using hundreds of pounds of recycled materials and bamboo, which is native to the campus. With over 53 public art projects to date, the artist has installed commissions at museums, sculpture parks, and college and university campuses throughout the country. Siegel's work often utilizes recyclable or natural materials such as paper, mulch, and turf, but this is his initial trial with bamboo. Siegel does not aim to make a political statement about those materials or man's impact on nature, but is more interested in "interrupting the recycling stream." He says, "I am interested in the texture, shape, and color."

Siegel and volunteers,  largely students who had never worked on any art project before, created two large, cylindrical shaped objects. These objects are eleven feet tall and ten feet long, with a radius of approximately six feet. The exterior of the two pieces is covered with bamboo, and the end slabs are stuffed with recycling. The work, titled "Two of em," is dynamically sited, as though in dialog.

This work is a sampling of a more aggressive show of Siegel's studio work called "Wonderful Life". With its seminal exhibit at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, the collection of 52 works will be exhibited at the Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks; the Freedman Gallery, Albright College; and the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading beginning in January 2010.

 

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