In a few weeks our campus will see the creation of the newest addition to what is rapidly becoming CSUB's unofficial Sculpture Garden.
If you stand in just the right spot somewhere between Faculty Towers, the Music Building, the pond near the old student dorms, and the new Visual Arts Building, you can see no less than four artworks, including Betty Younger's Owl, wide-eyed in the shade of a grove of evergreens.
Three other sculptures are the products of CSUB's 25-plus-year-old Visiting Sculptor program. To the west, Korean artist Byoung-Tak Mun's "Dragon Tail" emerges from the now somewhat dehydrated pond. To the east, German artist Cornelia Konrads' knotted pillars hold up one wall of the "Stilts Building". And a little farther distant, Ivorian artist Jems Robert Koko Bi's monumental wooden head of Martin Luther King Jr. gazes out from the west wall of the library. (The story of Konrads' "Knots" is nicely told in the YouTube video below).
By the end of May, however, a new sculpture will have been completed by Dutch artist Walter van Broekhuizen, assisted by CSUB art students and staff.
Van Broekhuizen's proposal, entitled "I Think" bridges the disciplines of Art and Science. His design is based on what is known as the "Tree of Life" sketch from Charles Darwin's notebook B (1837), thought to contain Darwin's early theorizing about how species might have diverged over time from a common origin.
I invite everyone to imagine how this translation of Darwin's scientific thinking into visual art might take shape on the blank canvas which is the south wall of the Music Building.
I invite everyone, also, to attend Walter van Broekuizen's lecture in Visual Arts 105 on Tuesday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. He will discuss his body of work, as well as his plans for this newest of CSUB's sculpture collection.
I also invite everyone to locate and identify as many as they can of CSUB's rich heritage of sculptures, which is the legacy of a quarter century of the Visiting Sculptors program.
And finally, I invite everyone to do what I think van Broekuizen's sculpture is inviting us all to do - which is to think about the relationship of the arts and sciences, but above all, to think.
Dr. Robert Frakes
Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities