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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Fallen Star

The small blue cottage that now sits atop Jacobs School of Engineering, cantilevered at an angle from a corner of the building, was not deposited by a tornado, but gently placed there November 15 by one of America’s largest cranes.

The cottage is part of the “Fallen Star” artwork, by Do Ho Suh, the latest addition to the University’s renowned Stuart Collection.

“It’s probably the most complex engineering project we’ve ever undertaken,” says Mary Beebe, director of the Stuart Collection.

When Suh, the “Fallen Star” artist, first journeyed from his native Korea to the United States to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, he recalls feeling “as if he was dropped from the sky.” His campus sculpture explores both that sense of displacement and the notion of “home.”

Suh and Beebe both hope that students who have left their family homes to study at the University might come to see the “Fallen Star” sculpture—an odd and awe-inspiring spectacle in the sky—as a kind of home too.

The project was funded entirely by private donations to the Stuart Collection and a $90,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

—Inga Kiderra