The birds are chirping, and the sun is shining. Spring Break may be over, but spring has just begun on Lehigh’s campus. With more time to spend outdoors it is hard not to stop and admire Lehigh’s beautiful campus as it wakes up from winter. In addition to the beautiful buildings and landscaping, sculptures from LUAG’s Outdoor Sculpture Collection makes the campus an enjoyable space. While walking the Memorial Walkway you can view numerous sculptures from our collection. To get you started on a brief tour, below I have listed three sculptures along the Memorial Walkway with background information. To learn more about our Outdoor Sculpture Collection which consists of over 50 sculptures stop by the Main Gallery and pick up a brochure.
Manuel Mendive, Cuban, b. 1944, Pavo Real, 2000, Bronze. Manuel Mendive is an artist from Havana Cuba. An artist of many mediums, he has created drawings, paintings, body paintings, wood carvings, performances and much more. Because of the economic climate of Cuba during the revolution, art materials were at times scarce and Manuel was known for creatively using natural objects because of their easy attainability. Much of his work was influenced by his beliefs in the Santeria religion and depicted Yoruba mythology and Lukumi gods.
Kosta Angeli Radovani, Croatian, 1916 – 2002, Woman on a Cube IV, 1969, Bronze. Kosta Angeli Radovani was born in London and lived most of his life in Croatia. He was heavily involved in the Aagreb Academy of Applied Art in Croatia, originally as a founder and also as head of the department of sculpture. Many of his sculptures are of human figures, mostly robust women with massive features with generalized form. He also made nearly 400 portrait medals during his career which mimicked the style of his sculptures.
Herbert Simon, American, b. 1927, Pyramid II c. 1970, Aluminum. Herbert Simon lived and worked right here in Pennsylvania in Shavertown and worked at Wilkes University. He started painting, sculpting and drawing in the 1940s. He studied and worked in New York City and moved to Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania in 1969. His work was strongly supported by Northeastern PA including the Lehigh Valley. After 1987 he segued from large abstract work, such as the one in this photo, to representational art and then to printmaking.