Messages “From the Heart” Sought for WWU Sculpture

William Woods University students and the larger community have a chance to express their thoughts, “From the Heart” this Valentine’s Day and beyond, thanks to the combined efforts of two faculty members.

Terry Martin, professor of art, and Harriet Yelon, associate professor of social work, are inviting participants to create hearts from paper or cloth and place a message of hope “from the heart” on one side.

The hearts are being hung on a 50-year-old Japanese Yew tree stump using galvanized wire extensions. The sculpture, which is designed to celebrate individual creativity, is located in the lobby of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts.

Yelon is excited about taking the service-learning project into the community. Along with her social work students, she is making the project a community-wide event to inspire intellectual thinking.

Students from the Rosa Parks Center were at the art center Friday, making hearts for the tree. On Thursday (Feb. 7) social work students will be at Presbyterian Manor working on hearts with the residents.

“Yelon said, “The project combines both sociology and art and gets people involved with disadvantaged groups.”

Martin is pleased with the community and student interest.

“It is an exciting, colorful and unique sculpture,” he said. “The more people who contribute, the better.”

Martin will accept hearts throughout February. Send them to him at William Woods University, One University Ave., Fulton, MO 65251.