Monday, September 22, 2008

Drawing on the Center of the Universe

The next event will take place this friday, September 26th from 9am until approximately 6 pm.
The Center of the Universe will be coverec with butcher paper for all to share their memories and associations with the sculpture or simply a personal center of the universe. All materials will be provided. This event is for all ages. The question on the paper will ask "What is your center of the Universe?". Come by to share your experiences; they might be included in a performance later in the fall!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Lady Justice

On Thursday September 11th at 8 pm, the first event for Operation: Center of the Universe was underway. A slide show projection of Lady Justice in various poses lit up the north side of the Center of the Universe. Beneath the colorful show was a still image projected from old school projectors: two Lady Justices overlapping one another presented in a format which emulated the concrete on which they appeared.
Although rainy weather threatened all day, the skies were clear enough for the designated hour of projection. As classes let out and people walked and biked around the duck pond, many paused with curious expressions to find images on the Center of the Universe. There was no large crowd or bright signs. It was meant for people simply passing. Several cyclists paused to look at the sculpture from various angles.
Overall, I think it was very successful!
There will be more events coming up next week.

I would like to thank several people for their contributions to help set up this first event:
Elizabeth Dwyer, Photographer and Videographer
Morgan Fife, Model and event assistant
John Sandlin, Props Master
Michael Blaisdell, Technical Consultant and Event Supervisor
Courtney Bell, Projector Provider
Sylvia Padilla, Aubani Krob, and Laura Hosek, Event Assistants
Arvonn Tully, Technical Support
Richard Hess, Safety Equipment

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

First Event, This Thursday!

This Thursday, September 11th, will mark the first event for Operation:Center of the Universe.
From 8 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m. (Mountain Time) images will be projected onto the north side of the Center of the Universe sculpture. There will be a repeating slide show, so spectators can show up at any time and stay as long as they like.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

In the Beginning...

Welcome to Operation: Center of the Universe!
This is a project sponsored by a grant from Partnership Learning for Arts and Community Engagement (PLACE). Throughout the coming fall, winter and spring various events will take place at the Center of the Universe sculpture. The sculpture is located on the University of New Mexico campus just south of the duck pond and just west of Ortega hall. This work was created by Bruce Nauman and erected in 1988.
It has been a site of controversy over the years. It is a large concrete structure composed of a central column which extends equally into the sky and the ground and four hall ways converging at the central column. A passerby can walk through the sculpture. In the center of the sculpture is a plaque placed over a grate commemorating the title, author and year of completion. There are four sodium lights at the end of each hallway which are always on.
This sculpture has inspired me, Kira Hirschfeld, to research its origins and possibilities. I am a senior at the University of New Mexico and am working with PLACE to bring focus to a very prominent piece of public art which is the part of many daily lives. Through this project I hope to bring attention to a fascinating piece of art through involvement within the Albuquerque community.
More information on PLACE at
Pictures will be posted soon.
Announcements will also be posted regarding future events and creative endeavors.