sculpture called “Forest of the Mind” graces the campus landscape thanks to art
professor Scott Fuller, who created and donated the organic-looking piece to
inspiration began with a photograph of dried echinacea vines lying on his
kitchen windowsill. To ultimately form the sculpture, he manipulated the image
extensively in Photoshop and transferred it onto a piece of thin stainless
steel, which he then cut with a laser to create silhouetted organic shapes. The
last part of the process was getting the intricate piece mounted on a granite
column to display it at a height of 8 feet – with much hands-on support and
cooperation from the facilities department.
intrigued by the relationship between the digital photographic process and
sculpture. The industrial laser cutting technology allows me to combine an
organic visual structure with metal,” says Fuller, who often works with natural
and renewable elements. “Forest of the Mind” maintains a fluid, animate look,
and its shiny surface reflects the light and colors of the seasons.
the small triangular space in front of the distinctly unadorned service
building, the sculpture lifts that corner of campus visually. Lighting will be
installed for dramatic nighttime viewing, and Fuller ultimately envisions the
area with benches to create a focal point around the sculpture.
major Andrew Mockler ’12 of Saco, Maine, says the play of, and combination of,
nature and man-made industrial material makes a strong environmental statement.
“Overall, I enjoy the piece,” he says. “I and others in the art department are
really excited to have artwork displayed permanently on campus,” he adds.
professor Sister Patricia Flynn, RSM, Ph.D., says she appreciates the beauty of
the sculpture and how it brings a different sense to the campus itself. “The
presence of the sculpture makes the campus ‘feel’ more like a college campus to
me,” she says. “I think that outdoor sculpture is particularly important, since
we can ‘live’ with it, day in and day out, in all kinds of weather and contemplate
how the seasons change both us and the artwork.”
Fuller says he wants to find ways for people to
invest in sculpture for the campus. “There are so many great places for
sculpture here,” he adds.