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The Creation of Thought
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May 4, 2012

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Each year, the University Library at IUPUI sponsors an annual art competition for students from the Herron School of Art and Design, through which one student wins funding to create a large-scale sculpture for the library’s atrium. This year a collaborative piece was selected: Ally Alsup and Amanda DeVary’s piece, "The Creation of Thought," is an exploration of how ideas are formed.

"The Creation of Thought" is about 18 feet tall and 10 feet wide, stretching from the third floor to the first-floor opening in the atrium of the University Library. The sculpture was created with large aluminum wire and a variety of recycled papers inspired by the different sources in the library and filled with text, images and information. The paper is woven to simulate how information is connected, visualizing the path of research as it often intertwines, connecting various departments to create one, uniform idea. The rope that connects the various areas of information is intended to represent how the different areas of our brain interact to create one thought.

Alsup and DeVary will be on site at the University Library at 755 W. Michigan St. in downtown Indianapolis on Friday, May 4, to install the large-scale sculpture.

The University Library started the atrium sculpture competition in 2003 to offer a unique learning experience for students at the Herron School of Art and Design. Each fall, a committee made up of staff from the University Library, as well as the Herron Art Library and school, gather to hear and view proposals from Herron sculpture students. Winning students receive $2,500 to cover the cost of realizing their vision and are able to keep any remaining funds as a stipend.

The Herron Art Library, a full-service branch of the University Library, located inside the Herron School of Art and Design at 735 W. New York St., supports student engagement and retention at the Herron School of Art and Design through innovative library instruction, student mentoring and effective collections management. Herron librarians and staff manage collections that support the work of Herron faculty and students. These collections, like all University Library resources, are also available to the public.

Serving nearly 1 million visitors a year, 10 percent of them community users, the University Library in the heart of the campus supports students and faculty across all of IUPUI’s more than 200 degree programs with research expertise and a wide array of resources. Resources include signature collections like the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives, and the Herron Art Library, plus over 60 digital collections.