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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Podcast Art

Ever wonder who created the big red shoe, or if the Druids really built "Stonehenge" at Revelle?

A series of high-definition video podcasts about the 17 campus artworks in the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego may soon give you the answers (hint: it wasn't the Druids).

Each three-to-four minute podcast is narrated by Mary Beebe, the Stuart Collection director, and Mathieu Gregoire, project manager, both of whom have been developing the innovative collection since its inception in 1982. Beebe and Gregoire provide artistic and historic context to each work and also relate rarely heard anecdotes about its making.

Beebe says she wanted to make the Stuart Collection's public art even more accessible. The hope, she says, is that people will "carry around the videos with them as they walk the campus to see the works."

The Stuart Collection is an on­going program of site-specific works by leading artists of our time, and is unusual in that the entire 1,200-acre campus may be considered for the commissions.

The videos are available at ucsd.tv/stuartcollection, as well as on YouTube and iTunes.

—Inga Kiderra