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Sculptor:
Molnar, Donald 1938-  Search this
Medium:
Sand cast concrete mortar with helmets and gun set into it
Type:
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by University of Illinois Board of Trustees 506 South Wright Street, 354 Henry Administration Building Urbana Illinois 61801
Located University of Illinois Lincoln Hall, 702 South Wright Street Urbana Illinois 61801
Date:
1970
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Illinois survey, 1992.
Scheinman, Muriel, "Art collecting at the University of Illinois; a history and catalogue," Ph.D., diss., University of Illinois, 1981, pg. 74-75.
Summary:
The fountain is a rectangular concrete slab decorated with relief numbers, weaponry, plowhares, and metal helmets embeded in the concrete. The helmets serve as basins for the fountain outlets. A semi-circular concrete basin serves as the base. According to the artist, the pattern of the dates is a deliberate element of the design. "The year 1917 softly stated at the bottom is symbolic of the relative lack of disturbance as the war began. The 1918-1919 years above it were broken and assembled in reverse to symbolize the disruption of war; the dates of the wars above World War I are likewise symbolically confused to indicate the impact." The work alludes to the two World Wars, the Korean War, and the then unresolved Vietnam War.
Topic:
History--United States--World War I  Search this
History--United States--World War II  Search this
History--United States--Korean War  Search this
History--United States--Vietnam War  Search this
Allegory--Civic--War  Search this
Control number:
IAS IL000394
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_312902