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Newest public art sculpture installed at Student Recreation Center

July 7, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Art Spaces, Inc.-Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection and Indiana State University are pleased to welcome a new sculpture by Boston artist Doug Kornfeld.

The sculpture, part of the Terre Haute Arts Corridor, will be installed on the Indiana State campus in front of the new Student Recreation Center. Designed specifically for this site, the sculpture will become part of Indiana State's Permanent Art Collection.

The project is the second collaborative effort between Art Spaces and Indiana State University offices of Facilities Management and the Permanent Art Collection.

Kornfeld's work is a synthesis of contemporary ideas infused with a pop art sensibility, mixed in with some engineering wizardry. His artwork can be found in cities ranging from St. Petersburg, Fla., Providence, R.I., and New Haven, Conn. on the east coast to locations further west including Denver, Bellevue, Wash. and Allen, Texas. His most recent work, the 15-foot high wooden sculpture "Ozymandias," was installed in May at the De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Mass. The Indiana State sculpture is his first work in the Midwest.

Kornfeld was selected through a competitive national process involving 72 artists from 22 states. Three finalists submitted site-specific proposals in January. He was chosen by the Art Spaces Selection Committee, which includes Art Spaces board members, many of the areas top arts professionals and representatives from Indiana State.

His sculpture, titled "Runner," is a 23-foot high stainless steel running figure dramatically posed mid-stride. The work, located outside the main entry of Indiana State's Student Recreation Center, will be dedicated at 1 p.m. July 10 during ceremonies also honoring the opening of the new facility.

I wanted something that related to the building and expressed the dynamic qualities of what is happening inside," Kornfeld said. "I also wanted something that everyone could relate to."

The artist found his inspiration in the Center's huge windows.

"I wanted something that would catch the eye of those inside," he said. "The figure is not centered in the window so it appears it is rushing by."

Special lighting will permit passers by to interact with the sculpture as their shadows mix with those cast by the sculpture on the wall.
"I hope the figure will highlight the diversity and unique qualities of these individuals walking by," Kornfeld said, adding the movement of the shadows will call attention to the dynamic yet frozen pose of the artwork.

Kornfeld is excited to have his work at Indiana State and hopes the sculpture inspired everyone on campus.

"I hope that this figure will become a symbol for the entire university - a symbol of the dynamic nature of the students and faculty, not just those using the Rec Center," he said.


Sculpture - Mary Kramer, ArtSpaces, 812-244-4216 or

Rec Center dedication - Tara S. Singer, assistant vice president, Office of Communications and Marketing, 812-237-8764 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or