Thank you to everyone who made the installation of Alice Aycock’s Twister Grande (tall) a huge success! Click here to watch drone footage of the installation.
On Tuesday August 4th the Ulrich Museum welcomed the 81st sculpture to its Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection and the campus of WSU. The towering sculpture Twister Grande (tall) by artist Alice Aycock is the first sculpture from the collection to be placed on the east side of the innovation quad. The “Twister” series is the culmination of Aycock’s practice. It gives solid form to the ever-moving natural force of wind, which impacts Kansas more than most places, and combines it with the imagery of dance and a complex production process that makes advances in contemporary computer-assisted design visible and palpable. At WSU, Twister Grande (tall) embodies the spirit of former President John Bardo, reminding generations to come of the qualities he brought to campus as a leader: dynamism, adaptability, drive, and the recognition of the need for change, all put in service of moving toward the future.
Twister Grande (tall) is also a significant addition to the Ulrich Museum’s Martin H. Bush Out-door Sculpture Collection, which includes work by some of the most prominent 20th and 21st century artists working in the field of public sculpture. Among its eighty pieces, the Outdoor Sculpture Collection currently contains a handful of key works by major women sculptors, including Louise Nevelson, Barbara Hepworth, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, and, most recently, Elyn Zimmerman. Women, however, are still underrepresented in the collection, and adding this work by Alice Aycock celebrates the best that art has to offer in public space while also celebrating a woman artist who turned herself into a force of nature to accomplish her successes.