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Wrap Up

For our last post on Burnt Orange Living I decided to highlight several cool places to spend time around campus that the average student might not have visited yet or might have forgotten about. I asked a couple students where their favorite place is on campus and then added a few of my own favorites.

Lobby of the CMA

“I love this lobby because it’s such a collaborative place. It’s a little loud so it’s not exactly perfect for studying, but it’s a fun place to browse the internet or work on group projects.”- Jordyn

Littlefield House

“This place is cool because it’s a unique building and it’s one of the oldest buildings on campus.”- Maxwell Lincoln

Stairs by Dorothy Gebauer Building

“This is a really awesome place to do parkour, and one night I took my girlfriend up to sit on the top of the stairs and we had a nice time just sitting up there and talking.”- Drew Bean

Courtyard at Welch

“This is a really cool place to read a book or just listen to music and it’s pretty centrally located, which is nice.”- Jordyn

Union; 3rd Floor

“Everyone knows this is the best place for napping on campus”- Jessica Lauer

Battle Hall

“I really like the architecture library in Battle Hall because it looks legit and it’s quiet”- Lucio Gamboa

Courtyard at Mezes

“I’ve had several classes in Mezes and I love getting to this courtyard before  tests and sitting outside to get in a good mental state going into my tests”- Jordyn

Fine Arts Library

“My favorite place is the Fine Arts Library. The view is beautiful from the huge windows and it’s so much prettier than the PCL. Plus the chairs are super comfy and there’s a giant piano hanging from the ceiling.”- Stephani Clayton

PCL; 2nd Floor

“My favorite place to study is the PCL, 2nd floor main room. I like that the room is structured to be really open and bright. I also like that the PCL is open until 2 in the morning, which is great for people who enjoy studying late at night, like me. You’re free to bring food and drink so it’s fantastic for long periods of studying. However, you can also talk to other people too, which is great if you need a study break. Also, since there are so many people around, your stuff is less likely to get stolen if you get up and leave for a few seconds.”- Pauline Nguyen

Courtyard at San Jacinto

“When I used to live at San Jac last summer I loved sitting in that courtyard at night on a bench and listening to music and writing.”- Jordyn


Art on Campus, Check it Out!

Are you wondering about that red horse sculpture in the atrium of the A.C.E.S. Building that peers at you through the glass west entrance as you walk by on your way to class? Or maybe you are curious about the shiny black sculpture in the middle of the PCL lobby that you want to jump on and slide down every time you pass it?

Well if you are, then you are in luck, because I am here to tell you a little bit about why they are here.

And if you aren’t familiar with these specific pieces, then the odds are that you are still wondering about any of the other 26 seemingly random works of art placed all around campus.

These 28 mid- to late-twentieth-century sculptures are on long-term loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The first group was installed in September 2008 and the second in January 2009 as part of the university’s public art program called Landmarks.

Landmarks, which was launched in 2008, is the first program in the university’s history to develop a collection of public art from a curatorial perspective. Its projects beautify the campus and engage visitors and the university community with art of the highest quality.

“This important loan of sculptures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art will enrich our campus,” said William Powers Jr., current president of The University of Texas at Austin, in 2008, when the plan was announced. “It will demonstrate the value we place on art and creativity as manifestations of the human spirit. We are extremely pleased to bring this superb collection to our university and our community.”

While these sculpture have been a part of the campus for over a year now, many students, especially new ones, are still very curious about them.

“It is incredibly unique,” said junior Stewart Keltner about having the sculptures as a part of The Forty Acres. “I still haven’t seen all of the works, but it’s a goal of mine.”

The loan includes the works of such internationally renowned artists as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Anthony Caro, Jim Dine, Donald Lipski, Beverly Pepper, Antoine Pevsner, Tony Smith, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Several education programs accompany the loan, including a free audio tour podcast and family and teacher resource guides.

By bringing great works of public art to the main campus, Landmarks records our history, builds community, and creates a sense of place, now and for future generations.

So take some time, if you haven’t yet, and check out some of these special pieces!