Johns Hopkins Gets a Huge, Cool New Sculpture

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

Meet Johns Hopkins’ newest (and hotly anticipated) resident: she’s 5’7″, born in 1969, likes lying down — oh, did I mention that she’s also a bronze sculptor by famed Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning?

The sculpture, Reclining Figure, was recently plopped down on a cement slab in the middle of Hopkins’ Homewood campus. It won’t be there forever; Reclining Figure, fifth in an edition of seven, is on loan from New York’s de Kooning Foundation. Pretty soon, de Kooning’s Figure will be joined by a couple of gigantic blocks of forged weatherproof steel — that is, a sculpture by minimalist Richard Serra.

These new on-campus sculptures are a part of the Homewood Initiative, the school’s attempt to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. “We believe that public art enhances the student experience,” said Jackie O’Regan, Hopkins’ curator of cultural properties. “In its various forms, public art can add life to the campus’s built environment and inspire those who encounter it. These works enhance the identity and uniqueness of the campus and strengthen the sense of community.” In other words, walking around the Homewood campus is about to get a lot more interesting.



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