When Art Is Temporary

On Monday, October 31, Patrick Dougherty’s 2007 temporary installation So Inclined was taken down by the college’s landscaping crew, loaded onto a truck and hauled off to be turned into mulch. The sculpture, which welcomed visitors to the Mahaney Center for the Arts, held up longer than anyone anticipated. This fall, the artist and college decided together that it would be best to dismantle the piece before it became unsafe. The landscaping crew that frosty morning included Jamie Case, John Quelch, David Groshans, and Roger Bagley.

Middmag captured the event in action:

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  1. This was one of the only sculptures on campus that I actually liked. Here’s hoping they can find some more beautiful art. And why not draw on the many talents of the artists who are already part of the college community?

  2. I walked countless groups past it as a tour guide, making some joke about how we’ll be using them as housing for first-years…

  3. So glad I got to walk through and enjoy these pieces. They were something that drew our families’ attention from the first visit to campus as prospective parents to visiting days. Thank you for making this happen. Mom ’12 and 14.5

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