Inspired campus: Sphere sculpture gets roots from surroundings

As a crane lowered a 7-ton granite base to the ground, artist Brandon J. Zebold ensured it was properly placed to support the newest Wabash Valley Art Spaces public art piece, an 800-pound steel sphere named “ISU Sphere.”

The “Sphere” is on the south side of Holmstedt Hall on the campus of Indiana State University. The building has a curved brick and glass wall on the south side.

“The sphere is a really powerful shape, earth shape,” Zebold, 47, of Seattle told the Tribune-Star. “It just fit with the roundness of the building and the curves of the pathway. As soon as I saw the landscape, it was like, OK, I’ve got to do a sphere.

“Spheres have a wonderful aspect where you have two sides. When you are looking through it, you see the side you are looking at and the opposite side,” Zebold said. “Then as you are walking around it, it almost creates a little parallax where it shimmers and you almost get a third composition out of those two sides working together.”

For inspiration, Zebold said he went online to research Terre Haute, looking at photos, illustrations and blogs.

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