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Antipodal Antics
One That Got Away
Oscar and Gollum
Library On The Loose
Making Nice With Mice


May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2


May 2004
The One That Got Away


Element E by Pop Art master Roy Lichtenstein“Element E” is a 50-foot-tall fiberglass sculpture by Pop Art master Roy Lichtenstein. Recently unveiled in the headquarters of the New York City Depart­ment of Education in Lower Manhattan, it actually began its life at UCSD as a twinkle in the eye of Mary Beebe, director of the Stuart Collection.

“We requested a proposal from Roy and he came to the campus in April 1983,” says Beebe. “We agreed on a workable site between Mandeville and the student center and he came up with this idea of five different elements the cost of which would have been $500,000.” And therein lies the rub. At the time, that was a good portion of the money in the Stuart Collection.

“The Collection was young, and just beginning and people didn't know what we were up to,” says Beebe. “The friends of the Stuart Collection didn't begin until 1998. And they are now a huge help in underwriting and supporting these new works. That was a lot of money then and so it got away.”

Other art works, thankfully, did not get away. Bruce Nauman's “Vices and Virtues,” Richard Fleischner's “Stonehenge,” Alexis Smith's “Snake Path” and Niki de Saint Phalle's “Sun God,” have since become touchstones of the UCSD experience.


Stuart Collection

Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

"The Collection was young, and just beginning and people didn't know what we were up to," says Beebe.