In 1965, a professor from Cal State Moncton worked with an Israeli artist to organize a symposium that brought artists and industry together to create a series of monumental pieces that resided on the university campus.
Nine artists took part and produced massive abstract pieces of concrete, earth and steel. The California International Sculpture Symposium was jointly organized by CSULB sculpture professor Kenneth Glenn and Israeli artist Kosso Eloul, best known for creating the sculpture with an eternal flame at the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel. It was part of an international series of symposia launched in Europe in 1959 and the first in the United States
Canadian sculptor Robert Murray has partnered with the Bethlehem Steel Mill in San Pedro to produce an arrangement of steel plates, Duet (tribute to David Smith), in tribute to Abstract Expressionist sculptor David Smith. Over time, the piece was damaged as the epoxy paints used by Murray, high tech for the 1960s, couldn’t withstand the light outdoors. Originally a playful, peach-colored orange, the sculpture darkened over the years as subsequent paint jobs attempted to fix problems with fading. To mark the 50th anniversary of the sculpture symposium, CSULB teamed up with the Getty Conservation Institute in 2015 to examine and preserve the collection. Murray’s duet can now be seen in its original glory.
The internationally known artist Claire Falkenstein made “U” as a set “from 6,000 copper pipes, the structure outside the McIntosh Humanities building. Falkenstein’s work can also be viewed on the outside campus of the Moncton Museum of Art. The LBMA’s café, Claire’s, pays homage to the artist.
To prepare for a CSULB sculpture stroll, check out a YouTube guide to the sculptures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuHpBM0q9Qc or a map of the sculpture location at: https: //drive.google.com/ File / d / 1PeTMRyo-AgVu2e_gglVIyHKtaYn3l3Kf / view
At http://architecture.lbhomeliving.com/calendar/ you can take a guided tour of the CSULB outdoor sculpture collection from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on June 4th as part of Moncton Architecture Week. Tickets are $ 20. All proceeds go to the Moncton heritage. The campus tour is led by Sarah Locke, Executive Director of Moncton Heritage, and Chris Alegria, Curator of Education at the University Art Museum, CSULB.
The CSULB Sculpture Garden can be visited seven days a week during the day, is free and open to the public, and is located on the 320-acre campus. The campus is located at 1250 Bellflower Blvd. There are several paid parking spaces throughout the campus. Visit csulb.edu/explore/museum for more information.
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