Great Lakes Bench (ArtPrize 2009)
Height: 10 in
Width: 13.5 in
Photograph of 4 "presidents" on the Great Lakes bench. From left to right: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln. Taken outside the Kennedy Hall of Engineering.
The "Great Lakes Bench" by sculptor Fritz Olsen is created of a single block of granite which explores a variety of textural surfaces. These include smoothly polished, softly honed, and rough hewn finishes. This sculpture invites the viewer to participate not only through its visual, tactile, and sensual aspects, but it also serves as a functional work of art providing comfortable seating.