Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ferris, Festival Of The Arts Collaborate On 125th Anniversary Sculpture

BIG RAPIDS – If you asked Lowell sophomore Conrad Ruffilo why he volunteered more hours outside of class than he can translate to create a sculpture celebrating Ferris State University’s 125th anniversary, the answer would be simple: It gives him a chance to be a part of history.

“Anyone that wouldn’t take this opportunity is not in the right program,” the Ferris Welding Engineering Technology major said. “It’s one thing to be able to design something like this, but to make something that’s lasting…I’m honored and excited to be a part of history.”

Dorr sophomore Patrick Damveld agrees. Also a Welding Engineering Technology major, Damveld and Ruffilo spent the past semester taking a design from paper to a large-scale, public art statement constructed out of steel and aluminum, and finished in rust.

A dedication ceremony is being held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, to unveil the sculptures. The event is open to the public and will be held in Lot 2 at the south end of the Swan Building on Ferris State University’s campus.

The project is an extension of Festival of the Arts and was designed by Ferris Resident Artist and professor of Creative Arts Robert Barnum.

“These students are writing history and taking my design and making it reality,” Barnum said.

For the complete story, visit: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1123&CatID=1

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