New sculptures change face of garden, campus
by Courtney Stevens
Aug 07, 2013 | 1192 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dee Dee Morrison sets up her sculpture next to the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Hers is the only non-vertical standing sculpture in the collection.
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A large crane arrived at the Hazel and Jimmy Sanders Sculpture Garden bright and early to install new sculptures yesterday morning.

"Installation day is really exciting because although we have seen the sculptures in the form of digital images, we haven’t seen them in person. You may have preconceived notions from the pictures so it's always really fun to see them in person that first day," said Nan Sanders, the garden's current benefactor.

The garden was created in the memory of former Delta State University first lady Pam Matthews in 2004 by Hazel and Mike Sanders' families.

Each year a committee sends out a prospectus in the spring inviting submissions to be sent in by May.

Ron Koehler, art department chair of Delta State University, then creates a three-man jury in order to choose 10 pieces that will be on display in the garden for 18 months.

As new pieces are purchased, the sculptures are moved, not only around the garden, but into the main part of Delta State's campus as well.

Currently the permanent collection holds about 20 pieces around campus.

At the end of the year, the committee chooses one piece to purchase and award the "Purchase Prize."

This year the purchase prize went to Hanna Jubran for his piece Rising Sun, which will remain on display in the sculpture garden.

"It gives satisfaction and through that satisfaction I want to continue," said Jubran on creating his pieces.

"The more I do, the more I want to do."

Jubran is the fifth recipient of this award.

Previous recipients are Wayne Trap for Wind Harp, Glenn Zweygardt for Haiku Man and Roots Revisited, and Gary Mitchell for Draped Landolina.

With 10 new sculptures placed Tuesday morning, the garden is expanding onto the campus of Delta State.

A particularly unique piece to the collection was Dee Dee Morrison's Magenta Charm, a 14"x8'x5' limestone and aluminum piece with LED lighting.

Morrison created her piece from rock she harvested while working at a quarry. She then built from the rock by creating lanterns and handmade chain.

Her piece is different from the other installations due to the fact that not only will it light up as the sun sets, but it is not a vertical structure like most.

"It's really dramatic — the hours of sunset and sunrise. As the sun goes down, this slowly comes to life. It takes about an hour, when the color changes it's really amazing," said Morrison.

Sanders said she enjoys seeing Delta State's campus become home to different pieces of artwork and said, "it's coming alive with these pieces.

"Any time you can introduce art into any spaces, others learn. Half of the art appreciation factor is for the viewer to participate in what the artwork is about."