[EDIT: My apologies. I did not know there would be other posts on the exact same sculpture I wanted to talk about.]
CSULB’s Sculpture Park is something every student at CSULB pass by every day while walking to class. Art is scattered everywhere you can imagine. Whether it’s upper campus, or lower campus, you can expect these beautiful sculptures to show up wherever you go. The origin of this sculpture park is pretty amazing. In 1965, a professor of sculpture here at CSULB held the first international sculpture symposium. The goal of the symposium was to showcase different materials and technologies. The sculptures were a blend of art and technology at its finest.
One of my favorite sculptures is the one right outside the USU, along the staircase. It’s called “Now,”, and it was made by a Polish person named Piotr Kowalski. This sculpture is interesting to me because it was formed by exploding underwater charges attached a sheet of metal. It was made in 1965, which is pretty significant because this was during the Cold War. The “North American Aviation Corporation” was actually testing ways of forming metal without the use of dies. As you can tell, the military was active in research and development. The whole country was. The city of Long Beach actually played a significant role back in World War 2 in the manufacturing and assembling of aircraft. I’m not surprised that Piotr Kowalski decided to showcase his explosive sculpture here at the CSULB Sculpture Park way back in 1965.
I’m fascinated by the development and use of technology during this time period. The advances in education and technology were simply bar none.