CSULB’s Sculpture Park

[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.

CSULB Sculpture Now

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.


  1. Berenice Contreras

    For UHP 101 I was able to visit this location and learn more about the history. I had never looked into the purpose behind each culture on campus. Thank you for your insight, I think it’s important that people learn about the historical significance behind them. I simply thought they were simply for the sake of decoration before my last UHP class. We are very fortunate to be able to posses such a neat sculpture.

  2. William Godbey

    Very interesting post! Most of the time when I look at an art piece or sculpture, I tend to focus mainly on my own interpretation of the work, so it is always great to learn more about the cultural and historical contexts of pieces like these. I had no idea this sculpture has been on campus for so long, nor did I know it’s history with Long Beach and it’s naval past. Solid work!

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