UNDA: general view towards the west and the Pacific Ocean
- Creation Date
For UCSD the artist created a one-word poem installed at one edge of the north playing field between the Humanities Building and the student apartments of Thurgood Marshall College.UNDA consists of five stone blocks into which are carved, in various sequences, the letters U, N, D, A, and an S-like mark which is the editor's notation for "transpose these letters." The letters on each block in the sequence carry out the transpositions indicated by this curved mark so that regardless of the order of the letters, each block ultimately spells out UNDA. In the course of the multi-part sculpture, the wave sign rolls through UNDA, the Latin word for wave, while the tops of the stones are aligned with the distant horizon of ocean. A literary cycle is identified with the cycle of the natural wave, an association which the artist relates to the velocity and flow of language.
The stones are rough-cut guiting, or English limestone, which was quarried near the Cotswolds and selected for its similarity to the color of the cliffs near the campus. A few eucalyptus and pine trees were planted on either side of the sculpture to make a connection with the distant trees, to frame the view, and to create the sense of a special enclave.
- Physical Description
stone (rock); relief (sculpture techniques); carved limestone
- Corporate Name
Thurgood Marshall College; La Jolla, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
Point: 32.882449, -117.241336
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Garden and Landscape
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- Cohen, Becky (American photographer, contemporary)