Alum’s advanced sculpture class project installed as public art

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By Kelsey Stewart, News Editor

Charles Fisher’s project for his advanced sculpture class turned into something much more.
Fisher’s class-designed sculpture was selected to be installed in front of the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 South 20th St.
Fisher graduated in May 2012 with degrees in studio art, theater, philosophy and art history.
Scottish Rite member Larry Jacobsen contacted Robert Carlson, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, and sculpture professor David Helm in the spring of 2011 to discuss the installation of a student designed sculpture in the courtyard.
Helm designed an assignment requiring students to research the history and public function of the Scottish Rite. The Scottish Rite works to educate members and the public on the tenets of masonry.
Students visited the building, met with members and studied public art. The Cathedral Board of the Scottish Rite selected Fisher’s piece, “The Perfect Cube.”
Unfinished, perfect blocks of stone in the meeting room were Fisher’s inspiration.
“You can become something more, a polished stone. That exists within you,” Fisher said. “The whole thing is about offering something to the community and becoming something more perfect. It represents that image in the inner-most meeting room.”
After searching for companies to make the sculpture, Fisher and Helm finally found one, Heartland Scenic Studio. Within four weeks of Fisher giving the model to the company, the sculpture was complete.
“It’s sweet,” Fisher said. “For me, it was always this tiny paper model and now it’s hard, tempered aluminum. The concept of something that will stick around for 100 years, I don’t know how to process it.”

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