Artistic ‘Wings’ to be Installed at William Woods

Artists—young and old—have created unique, colorful wings for a public sculptural work on the campus of William Woods University. Weather permitting, the installation will be tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 17).

“Wings” is the brainchild of Terry Martin, WWU professor of art, who is suspending 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.

On Friday, Costello, Orear and Martin have scheduled an all-day event for “Wings.” Orear will assist Martin with hanging and preparing the wing lines, starting at 9 a.m. unless weather causes it to be rescheduled.

A showing of “contemporary art forms” will be in room 118 of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts at 10 a.m., with a side show by Costello. A reception will be held in the building’s lobby at 2 p.m. and they plan to have all the sculptures up by 3 p.m.

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.

They have been working with the art classes of several art teachers including Jo Shaw (Hickman High School in Columbia), Chris Daily (Fulton High School), Patty Verslues (Bush Elementary School), Alen Miles (Bartley Elementary School) and Myrna Backer (McIntire Elementary).

In September, 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. In October, a day-long activity was held to involve as many William Woods students as possible.

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