APRIL 6, 2007 | A sculpture weighing more than 700 pounds was moved recently from Pensacola, Fla., to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.
The sculpture, commissioned by a donor family that asked not to be named, now adorns the Bruce Commons area on the first floor of the college.
A College of Public Health art committee worked with the artist, Sid Kamerman of Pensacola, in designing the piece so that it symbolizes public health, said Elaine Wootten, director of College Information Services and a member of the art committee.
The sculpture has a stainless steel base and center beam with five circular components of stainless, bronze and marble attached to the beam. The stainless base and beam have a variety of finishes that are polished – almost mirror-like in places – and sandblasted and molten in other places. One bronze circle is polished, and one has a patina, which is a fine crust or film which gives a darker brown hue.
Examples of public health symbolism suggested by the art committee have included: energy bursting forward characterizing changes in public health, five interlocking rings representing the five interrelated core areas of public health, adjoining rings representing the interdependence of Arkansas communities, and the ecologic perspective in public health.
The College of Public Health is holding a naming contest for the sculpture, with the artist as one of the judges. The contest is open to the college’s faculty, staff and students. Suggested names may be submitted to Martha Mobbs, executive assistant to the dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The prize will be made of a small piece of the sculpture’s leftover marble selected by the sculptor and mounted on a base. The base will have a small plaque with the winning name engraved. The winner will be announced in May during graduation.