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Where Did All of the Sculptures Come From?

The Phoenix// Ellen Bauch

Campus decoration has changed over the years, with some art pieces popping up as Loyola finished new buildings — several from world-renowned British sculptor Emily Young.

One of these sculptures is a moon-like structure named “Lunar Disc I.” Although the statue is not widely known and bears no plaque of identification, it’s not new to Loyola. It came here in 2011 and had been sitting between the Klarchek Information Commons and Cudahy Library until the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

“The disc is synonymous in my mind with both the oneness of the universe, of our planet and all who inhabit it, and the unutterable wonder of nature and creation,” Young said of “Lunar Disc I” on her website.

Her stone creations are displayed all over the world, a fact noted by British art collector Christopher O’Hare. He discovered Young’s work early in her career and purchased several pieces. It was from O’Hare that Loyola received several sculptures that are now on campus today.

O’Hare was originally reluctant to part with the statues, but the Rev. Michael Garanzini, S.J., convinced him to donate the pieces (which had been previously housed in Europe) to Loyola because he wanted to bring a bit of art and culture to Loyola’s main campuses in Chicago.

“Father Garanzini wanted there to be beauty on the campus … I was persuaded because they would never have a better home. They would be enjoyed by many more than just by a few,” said O’Hare in a phone interview last November.

After the completion of Damen Student Center and Halas Recreation Center last semester, some of the art on the Lake Shore Campus was also moved around.

The most notable of these changes was the move of the “Los Lobos de Loyola” statue from between Dumbach and Cudahy halls to outside the south doors of Damen.

The statue is a physical representation of the wolf and kettle image on Loyola’s official crest. It was unveiled in March 2012 at the first annual Wolf and Kettle Day, which marks the point in the academic year when the university runs solely on donated funds until the term ends.

When the wolves were moved, “Lunar Disc I”  took its place.

“Wounded Angel” is one of the other Young statues at Loyola. It is a large stone rendering of an angel’s face that sits just outside Madonna della Strada Chapel near the East Quad.

Garanzini chose that spot as a memorial to the Jesuit martyrs in the war of El Salvador. According to the January 2011 edition of Inside Loyola, the digital newsletter for faculty and students, the school “felt that it was important to have the statue near the chapel, and more importantly, on a path that most students take each day.”

After the addition of the two  Young pieces, Garanzini was eager for more. In February 2013, he told The Phoenix about his plans.

“We actually already own two more Emily Young sculptures that are currently being shipped over from England,” said Garanzini at the time.

The new pieces have since made the trip from the United Kingdom, and Kana Wibbenmeyer, the assistant vice president for Facilities at Loyola, confirmed their locations around campus.

In addition to “Lunar Disc I” and “Wounded Angel,” Wibbenmeyer revealed that “Jade Torso” is in front of the main entrance hall on the first floor of Cuneo Hall, “Green Onyx Disc” is on the first floor of Sullivan Center, and “Wounded Angel II” resides in Rome at the John Felice Rome Center.

Young hails from London, but is now based in Italy. She has grown in popularity and recognition throughout Europe in the last few years, which makes Loyola’s ownership of her work even more impressive.

British newspaper The Financial Times praised her talent: “Emily Young is remarkable in that she now stands quite alone in her field, not just as the pre-eminent stone-carver of her generation, but as virtually the only sculptor of her kind at all, a true carver working with figurative imagery, of any real and sustained distinction.”

 

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