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Aug. 29, 1997

Second King art installed; Brunnier opens King exhibit

by Marilyn Vaughan, University Museums

From city streets to college campuses, Philadelphia artist Ray King has left his imprint on public places with large- scale glass sculptures. A retrospective of prints and models of five King sculptures continues through Oct. 16 at the Brunnier Art Museum.

"Ray King: New Adventures in Light and Color" chronicles the renowned sculptor's thought processes as he produced and installed commissions for Iowa State, the city of Philadelphia and two college campuses in Florida and New Jersey.

"My work appeals to universities because it involves objects and math and looks futuristic," said King, who used the computer to construct the digitized images and three- dimensional models in the show.

His glass and steel sculptures display rainbows of light and color that shift depending on the angle of the sun. He uses materials such as dichroic glass and holo-graphic film to reflect and transmit light.

King has created two sculptures for Iowa State -- Light River in the lobby of the new Student Health Center and Light Projecting Helices at the Jacobson Building.

He has had commissions in U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Orlando, New York City, Washington, D.C., his hometown of Philadelphia and, most recently, Chicago.

One work, titled Philadelphia Beacons, consists of four torches that will stand more than 40 feet and serve as entry points into Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. The torches, constructed from 22 tons of steel, are not installed yet, due to legal issues surrounding a handicap-accessible ramp, King said. But visitors to the Brunnier Art Museum can catch a glimpse of them in the detailed models and prints in King's show.

The Brunnier, located on the top floor of the Scheman Building, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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