Johns Hopkins Continues to Work to Make Its Campus Artsier

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Photo by Will Kirk, homewoodphoto.jhu.edu
Photo by Will Kirk, homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

We were happy to hear about the new (huge!) Willem de Kooning sculpture that arrived at the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus earlier this fall; but just one piece of public art by a famous artist wasn’t enough for Hopkins. Last week, a huge (35-foot!) metal sculpture was installed on the campus. It’s called Red Sails, it’s by American sculptor John Henry, and it looks amazing.

The massive red sculpture came to the Hopkins campus courtesy of Ralph O’Connor and his wife, Becky — if you’re a Hopkins regular, you may recognize his name from the school’s gym as well. According to the Hopkins Hub, “The sculpture demonstrates Henry’s signature style of creating pieces that seem to defy gravity. These massive sculptures appear almost to float despite the obvious weight of their parts.”

The de Kooning and Henry sculptures are part of a larger effort to make the Homewood campus look, well, artsier. I imagine lots of students posing for Instagram photos on and near the artworks, photos in the campus catalog, etc.



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