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New Public Art Sculpture ‘Confluence’ Installed on Campus

February 05, 2019

Angelo State University has installed its latest piece of public art, an interactive sculpture titled “Confluence,” which now sits next to the new wing of the Centennial Village residence hall at 2675 W. Ave. N on the west side of the ASU campus.

The new sculpture, "Confluence," next to ASU's Centennial Village residence hallThe new sculpture, "Confluence," next to ASU's Centennial Village residence hallCreated by Colorado artist Frank Swanson, “Confluence” was commissioned through the Texas Tech University System Public Art Program that designates one percent of the estimated total cost of each new major construction project be used to fund an accompanying piece of public art.

“Confluence” represents the melding of ideas that are brought together in a great confluence in the fertile grounds of a university setting. The central pieces of the sculpture, cut from the same block, are separate but interconnecting, representing the circles of conversations and ideas that are swirling amongst the faculty and students. From the heart of the sculpture, six large benches will be extracted and placed in two circular groupings of three. These seats invite people to interact with the sculpture and with each other by creating centers of conversation, focus and inclusion.

The sculpture also depicts the curly horns of the Rambouillet ram, allowing it to pay tribute to the rich heritage of Angelo State University and the West Texas ranching region.

“The circle, as a symbol, is represented in virtually every culture around the world,” Swanson said. “It has been used to represent focus, unity, inclusion and wholeness. Great ideas often start with a circle of people having a discussion. Because of this circle of conversation, ideas are generated, minds are inspired and new paths are opened for exploration. This is the inspiration behind ‘Confluence.’”

The Public Art Program was initiated by the TTUS Board of Regents in 1998 to enrich the campus environments and extend the educational mission of all system campuses. “Confluence” is Swanson’s second contribution to the program, joining his “Mechanism” sculpture that was installed near the Maddox Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University in 2016.

“We are excited to add this piece by Frank Swanson to the Angelo State University campus,” said Emily Wilkinson, TTUS public art director. “Frank’s piece is the seventh piece of public art that has been added to the campus through the TTUS percent for art program. He has been working in stone exclusively since the 1970s. He has created his own tools to utilize technology to sculpt at surgical levels of precision. Not only is he well known for his sculptures, he is also known by architects, engineers, contractors and designers as an expert in anything related to stone.”

The other public art pieces on the ASU campus include the “Cube-i” sculpture next to the Health and Human Services Building, the “San Angelo Heritage Mosaic” by the main entrance to the Porter Henderson Library, the “Kinesis” sculpture by the entrance to the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance, the “SunHelix” sculpture near the Plaza Verde residence hall, the “Dominic the Champion” bronze ram statue at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field, and the terrazzo floor in the Hunter Strain Engineering Labs titled “31.4638°N, 100.4370°W” (San Angelo’s map coordinates).

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