Artistic ‘Wings’ to be Installed at William Woods

Artists are being sought to create unique, colorful wings for a public sculptural work on the campus of William Woods University.

“Wings” is the brainchild of Terry Martin, WWU professor of art, who has begun to suspend lines above the courtyard between the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts and Dulany Auditorium.

“Each pair of wings raises another higher,” he said. “The symbolic aspect of our project may remind people that when we come together in creative pursuits, it fosters community and makes us forget things that may divide us.”

Martin will use heavy monofilament fishing line to suspend the wings from tree to tree on either side of the raised circle in the middle of the plaza. The wings will come down from the horizontal line to a circular mosaic base created by two William Woods University art students, Jennifer Costello of St. Louis and Alex Orear of Jefferson City.

Costello and Orear are working with Martin through the Mentor-Mentee program at WWU. The program matches faculty and students in creative and scientific endeavors. Together, the three artists are reaching out to the campus and Fulton community to encourage greater participation.

“The number of wings needed will be achieved by extending the activity to as many people as we can feasibly reach,” Martin said. “The individuals who participate will make ‘wings’ out of a durable fiber paper that is water resistant and can be painted. Different colors and styles are encouraged. All combined, the wings should create a rainbow of color and spirit!”

On Friday (Sept. 29) Costello, Orear and Martin worked with after-school students at the John C. Harris Community Center in Fulton. The children created colorful wings of all sizes, shapes and colors. On Oct. 10, a day-long activity is planned to involve as many William Woods students as possible.

“We are planning similar activities with other community groups and senior citizens,” Martin said. “If you know of individuals, young or old, who would have an interest in participating in this art project, please pass this information on to them and, if possible, we will assist with instruction and provide the materials needed to produce winged elements for the sculpture.”

After the installation is complete, a picture of “Wings” will be posted on the William Woods University website, so individuals can download prints of the sculpture they helped to create.

Persons interested in the project should contact Terry Martin at (573) 592-4373 or