August 17, 2011

All the Way to the Bank

Installation drawing for the John Rood sculpture Return of John Brown

The University Gallery assisted with the installation of two John Rood sculptures in the National American Bank in Minneapolis in 1975. (Rood was a professor of art at the University if Minnesota from 1944-1946.) On the surface this is not a particularly interesting topic, but I quite liked these installation drawings I found in the files. The carefully rendered drawings show the sculptures with a stylishly-dressed customer for scale, and are interesting drawings by themselves. The attached typed captions detail how each sculpture will be mounted: “The sculpture’s plate is mounted on top of a column which is secured to a rectangular, weighty platform. The material is walnut stained birch plywood.”

Installation drawing of a John Rood sculpture, and photographs of the two sculptures

Areca Roe is a MFA graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Art, with a concentration in photography and minor in Museum Studies. Areca completed her project involvement in Fall 2011, and has subsequently been involved with the University as an artist in residence at the University’s Bell Museum of Natural History.

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