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Freedom of Communication, (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Watrous, James  Search this
Engineering firm:
Orville Madsen & Sons Company  Search this
Architectural firm:
John J. Flad & Associates  Search this
Glass tesserae, plywood, epoxy, and brass with patina
African American  Search this
Chinese  Search this
Indian  Search this
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Plant 201 Service Building Madison Wisconsin 53706
Located University of Wisconsin-Madison Vilas Communication Hall 821 University Avenue A. Matt Werner Journalism Court Madison Wisconsin
Commissioned 1971. 1971-1973. Dedicated May 12, 1973
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Wisconsin survey, 1993.
Sculpture is a brightly colored mosaic inspired by Supreme Court decisions on freedom of speech, with depictions of nude figures of different races, colored white, red, black, and yellow. In the center are two large central figures of a female and a male. She wears only a scarf, her body and skin color merging with the man standing behind her, his head turned to the left. They are flanked by four polygonal panels, one in each corner, each with a figure making communicative gestures, their heads turned toward the central figures. In the upper left panel is a female, with male figures in the remaining panels. Panels are each connected to the two central figures by a brass plated arrow-shaped connector representing Language. The mosaic is on a plywood backing, attached to a brick wall by steel hangers and bolts.
Figure group--Nude  Search this
Allegory--Civic--Law  Search this
Allegory--Civic--Liberty  Search this
Allegory--Civic--Unity  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAS WI000447
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums