Neither high temperatures or a flat tire could stop UC Merced's tallest sculpture from arriving on campus yesterday.
"Beginnings," inspired by UC Merced's former Acting Chancellor Rod Park in 2006 and conceived by noted American sculptor Aris Demetrios, was successfully installed in the university's central courtyard April 21.
The sculpture, a gift to the university by Park and his wife, Cathy, the Bob and Marie Gallo family and John, Joseph and Fred T. Franzia of Bronco Winery, consists of two gently curving, vertical arms, each about 40 feet high. Demetrios also made significant contributions to the project.
"These two soaring, enfolding arcs embody our vision of a university that both embraces its students and provides a growing seed whose bounty will benefit all in this valley and beyond," the Parks said.
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