Eye-Catching Work Selected for Muriel Pollia Sculpture Garden

May 4, 2009 by University of La Verne

“Inhale / Exhale, ” a 54-foot sculpture created by the Southern California artist Phillip K. Smith, has been selected as the initial piece in the University of La Verne’s new Muriel Pollia Sculpture Garden.

As the university’s first public art project, the sculpture garden is made possible by a $250,000 grant from the Muriel Pollia Foundation.  It represents a significant milestone in La Verne’s continuing commitment to the Arts.

“It says we value art.  We value creativity,” said Ruth Trotter, chair of La Verne’s Department of Art & Art History.  “I think it’s going to mean a lot to the students and to their sense of value for their chosen career.”

Smith, whose gallery is based in Indio, will install two sculptures – including “Inhale / Exhale” – in close proximity to the university’s soon to be completed Abraham Campus Center.  He has previously created several public art pieces on display in the Coachella Valley as well as one in Kansas City, Mo.

“Inhale / Exhale” will be made of fiberglass painted a deep red-orange.  Using the triangle as its modular form, the sculpture will mesh geometry with growth patterns of nature, a favored theme of Smith’s work.

The Los Angeles-based Muria Pollia Foundation was founded in 2006 to honor the life and work of Dr. Muria Pollia, a humanitarian and avid supporter of the arts who possessed a passion for life, creativity and spirituality.

For more information on La Verne’s Art & History Department, call (909) 593-3511.

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