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Loyola installs first contemporary sculpture

March 14, 2008

Loyola adds contemporary art to its landscape with the installation of its first sculpture which will be part of a growing sculpture garden. Acclaimed artist David Borgerding installed Tapatawpa, a stainless steel sculpture, in the courtyard between Marquette Hall and Bobet Hall on March 12. The sculpture reflects themes of nature and spirituality and, according to Karoline Schleh, director of the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, is “an elegant and thoughtful work of art.” With this piece, Borgerding finds inspiration in natural organic forms, particularly the beauty inherent in the shape, contour, line, surface and function found in these forms.

Borgerding began his studies at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he graduated with a B.F.A. in sculpture. Borgerding continued his education at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., where he studied sculpture and furniture, furthering his interests in form, shape, scale and metalworking processes. After graduating with an M.F.A., he moved to New Orleans where he established a studio and continues to produce art.

Tapatawpa was recently showcased in the “Second Nature” exhibit held in the Diboll Gallery from November 2007 to January 2008. The response from the exhibition was so great that it inspired Loyola officials to prompt the permanent installation of the piece as Loyola’s first contemporary sculpture.

According to Schleh, “Borgerding has been generous in making this installation a learning experience for Loyola students. Later in the semester, Loyola students will visit his studio to learn how the piece was developed from concept to final fabrication. Borgerding’s sculpture will be the first in a growing sculpture garden of artists that are somehow connected with Loyola University.”

“I am very thankful to Fr. Wildes, Dr. Walter Harris, David Borgerding, Dean Ed Kvet, Ann Moss, and the team of installers for all their hard work in making this project a reality,” Schleh added.

For more information, please contact Karoline Schleh at (504) 723-3088 or at gallery@loyno.edu.

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