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"Wild Ricing Moon" Outdoor Sculpture Completed on UMD Campus

The final pieces of the sculpture for the grounds outside of the Swenson Science Building was be delivered and assembled on June 2, 2006.

The sculpture, titled "Wild Ricing Moon" was designed by John David Mooney, a Chicago sculptor with an international reputation. The piece is 89-feet tall. The first half of this large-scale outdoor sculpture was erected in October, 2005. The first installation, a large steel circle, 40 feet in diameter, represents the full, rice-harvesting moon of late summer. A "rice stalk" section and bird was included in the pieces that arrived in June. Mooney described the sculpture as reflecting the North Shore of Lake Superior and natural features of the region.

Mooney is known for huge public sculptures that draw their inspiration from the spirit of place. The importance of the site, its past history and the present environment, is acknowledged in his works. Art and science also play a significant role.

The UMD sculpture pieces were transported by Jeff Foster Trucking. The sculpture was fabricated at BendTec through the assistance of BendTec owner, Bob Meierhoff.

Written by Cheryl Reitan

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Photo above: Installation of the "moon" in October, 2005. Below: Rendering by the artist.

UMD home page editor, Cheryl Reitan,
NEW RELEASES, UMD media contact, Susan Latto,, 218-726-8830

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