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Reflecting on Our Past: The Value of Public Art

Apr 4, 2019 04:30PM to 06:30PM
Friend Center
Room 101
Open to the Public
Walter Hood, Professor and former Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley; Principal, Hood Design Studio

Acclaimed artist Walter Hood has designed a new installation about Woodrow Wilson to be constructed this summer on Scudder Plaza beside Princeton University's Robertson Hall. Hood will discuss the value of public art in reflecting on our past, provide insight into his creative process for the installation, and unveil renderings of the sculpture.

This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Campus Iconography Committee. A public reception will follow.

“Double Consciousness” will be a vertical sculpture of two columnar elements, one leaning on the other, wrapped with surfaces of black and white stone and etched with quotations representing both the positive and negative aspects of Wilson’s legacy. At the sculpture’s center, the two vertical planes will face each other; one is reflective stainless steel and the other is a glass lenticular surface with images of Wilson’s critics.

Hood is the creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, Calif. He also is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Recently, he was a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.

Hood Design Studio works on a number of projects related to art and fabrication, design and landscape, and research and urbanism. The studio’s award-winning work has been featured in Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Architectural Digest, Places Journal, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.