Today @ Colorado State has been replaced by SOURCE. This site exists as an archive of Today @ Colorado State stories between January 1, 2009 and September 8, 2014.

Ask Cam

Twist on a question

June 1, 2009


What’s the significance of the various sculptures on campus made of twisted metal?

Cam’s answer:

You’re talking about the five fascinating steel sculptures that were placed around campus last year. The works, made by Bret Price, include a 30-foot-tall sculpture called Jezebel at the University Center for the Arts, shown at right being installed in June 2008.

The other sculptures – all made by heating large pieces of steel in special chambers, then twisting with heavy equipment – are located on the Lory Student Center and Morgan Library plazas, west of the LSC Theater, and near the Lagoon.

The significance? I’ll let Bret fill you in:

“Since 1979, I have been building heating chambers around large pieces of steel, applying concentrated, intense heat, then manipulating the material to create a sense of softness. When the heat is removed, these illusions of flexibility are frozen, and on one level, the sculpture becomes a documentation of those forces used in the process…

“The variables of heat intensity, size and shape of the raw material produce a wide range of results; from the quiet simplicity of a single pipe bend to the rhythmic complexity that emerges from folding a section of structural steel. A degree of unpredictability is always present, which tends to tease one’s curiosity and lend energy.”

Price’s work marked a revival of the University’s Sculpturescape program, originally developed in 1998 to bring to campus significant public works of sculpture from regional and national artists. The Sculpturescape program is under the direction of Art Professor Gary Voss and funded through Facilities Management.