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'A Green Season' installed on Wofford's campus

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Spartanburg , S.C. - Wofford College has completed installation of a new sculpture on campus titled “A Green Season,” created by Mayo Mac Boggs. Designed as a piece of environmental art, the playful welded and painted steel sculpture is set in a wooded area across the campus drive from the Sandor Teszler Library.

The sculpture incorporates the trees in the location, drawing attention to the space, and perhaps changing the way a person would look at it. The simple shapes in green suggest leaves, tree growth, seed pods and natural forms. The sculptor intends for the pieces to recede in prominence during the summer, and then reappear as the leaves change color and drop in fall and winter.

Mayo Mac Boggs is a professor of art and department chair at Converse College. His work appears in numerous collections throughout the United States, including the presidential libraries of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

'A Green Season' by Mayo Mac BoggsWell known for his abstract paintings, steel sculptures, bronze work, computer graphics and architectural designs, Boggs continues a family tradition of ironwork. His great grandfather was a blacksmith; both grandfathers and his father were welders and steelworkers. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he earned his M.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Converse College since 1970.

Boggs’ sculpture group is a gift to the college from Wofford professors Linda Powers, Ana María Wiseman and Dennis Wiseman, and retired Wofford professor Victor Bilanchone. Wofford College will host a formal welcome to the sculpture early in the fall term.

This new work joins a growing collection of traditional and contemporary sculptures on the Wofford campus:

Architect and artist Harold Krisel’s stainless steel trident fountain in Butler Circle near the Papadopoulos and Olin Buildings was added in 1987. Krisel worked with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, whose firm designed the Milliken Research Center in Spartanburg. At the Milliken site, Krisel had contributed a spray pond to serve as a heat exchanger for the air conditioning. Instead of a functional-only piece, he designed a sculptural series of fountains to do the work. Based on that success, Roger Milliken asked him to design the fountain at Wofford.

“Light,” a bronze sculpture by Pennsylvania sculptor Charles Parks, joined the collection in 1990 and is located on the Library plaza. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kinney donated the work in memory of their son, and in honor of all Wofford students.

In 2003, Wofford cleaned up a vine-choked ravine off Cumming Street, creating the Liberty Trail.  Running alongside the trail is “Cascading Steps,” an environmental work created by Rick Webel.  Water flows over 37 granite steps and falls into a pool. The sculpture was given in tribute to retired Wofford English and theatre professor James R. Gross; the number of steps represents the number of years he was at Wofford.

Winston Wingo’s “Botanical Construction,” made of welded steel with wood, is located near a path leading from the locker rooms to Gibbs Stadium.  Originally part of the "Tribute to Trees" exhibition on campus, this sculpture became known as "The Broadax" and was adopted as a symbol for the defensive line of the very successful Wofford football team in the fall of 2003.

Allyn Steele’s “Sister Kate and Baby Alex” of welded and painted steel was added in 2005 near the entrance to the Raines Center.  Steele, a 2005 Wofford graduate, was the 2003-04 Presidential International Scholar.

“Fountain Wings” by current Wofford student William Mabry was installed in the entrance fountain in May. The sculpture proved so popular that Wofford alumnus Johnny Linton ’70 purchased the piece to donate to the college. The work is now being refinished for long-term display and will return to the fountain by early fall.

During the coming fall, the college will accept a new bronze sculpture of a terrier as a gift of the class of 1956. The sculpture is being created by artist Carl McCleskey of Cloudland, Ga.  A nationally successful artist, McCleskey is perhaps best known for the two heroic figures of lions at the entrance to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.