Part of the landscape: “Tree” sculptures
Seemingly corduroy-clad, and straight and thick as, well, tree trunks,
the sculpture
by Kayla Blincow ’08 was planted among the
firs along a path at the edge of the West Woods in 2008.
Around the grounds: The rocks of Washington state
To the uninformed observer they look like random protrusions of
stones of different colors and types. In one place, a piece of pink and
white sandstone lies above gray, five-sided rocks. In another, the same
sandstone is on top of green shale. In a third, the sandstone and shale
are tipped upward. But these stony groupings are not accidental. Geol-
ogy Instructor Ken Clark put them there, and they mimic formations
created in Washington state 15 to 90 million years ago. The 40 or so
displays were built from about four tons of rock and are arranged
around the college grounds in such a way that if the campus were a
map of the state, the rocks would be set in the regions from which they
were collected. Students use the outcroppings to practice looking for
igneous intrusions, say, or for impressions left by rippling water or gla-
ciers, or other clues that might indicate the rocks were once in a shal-
low lake bed, or buried deep under the ocean, or heaved upward over
millions of years.
Thompson Hall: Embedded in stone
A number of “Science on Display” installations were scattered around
Harned Hall when it was built, and throughout adjoining Thompson
Hall during its renovation, but the 43 icons representing branches of
the sciences have been embedded in the terrazzo floor inside the west
entrance since the beginning.
The writing is on the wall: Theater students’ credits
OK, so this one isn’t exactly hard to notice, but it is rarely seen because
it’s in the stairwell backstage at the Norton Clapp Theatre in Jones
Hall. It has become a tradition over the years for students to write their
names and the titles of productions in which they have performed—
kind of a
on plaster.