Ice­landic sculp­tor to guide vis­i­tors through out­door ex­hibit

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE -

SHREVE­PORT, La.—A sculp­tor from Ice­land will be at a Lou­i­si­ana col­lege in the up­com­ing week to guide vis­i­tors through her out­door sculp­ture se­ries called Bor­ders.

Eleven pairs of life-sized an­drog­y­nous hu­man fig­ures were in­stalled around Cen­te­nary Col­lege in Shreve­port in early Oc­to­ber. They’ll re­main through the school year.

Sculp­torStei­n­un­nThórarins­dót­tir (STAY-nin THOHR-ihr-inz-DAHtihr) will be at Cen­te­nary on Fri­day, lead­ing a free artist’s walk at 5 p.m. Mem­bers of Friends of the Mead­ows, a group which sup­ports the col­lege’s art mu­seum, can at­tend a party af­ter­ward.

The fig­ures are naked, ear­less and have their eyes closed. Each pair in­cludes one fig­ure of cast iron and one of cast alu­minum.

“These fig­ures form a bor­der where the viewer can cross,” Thórarins­dót­tir says in a video on her web­site, made when Bor­ders de­buted in 2011 out­side the United Na­tions head­quar­ters in New York.

Be­cause the sculp­tures are life­sized and neu­tral, view­ers can “in­ter­act, touch, and iden­tify them­selves with the sculp­tures,” she said in an artist’s state­ment in­cluded in a news re­lease from Cen­te­nary.

Cen­te­nary, founded in 1825, is a pri­vate, four-year lib­eral arts in­sti­tu­tion af­fil­i­ated with the United Methodist Church. The ex­hibit is the sec­ond in the Mead­ows Out­doors sculp­ture se­ries spon­sored by the school’s Mead­ows Mu­seum of Art.

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