The university now has one more sculpture to add to its growing public art collection. “Joy of Discovery,” a four-story tall abstract image of a double helix, was dedicated in the atrium of the Life Sciences Center Tuesday.
The sculpture was funded by Al McQuinn, a 1954 MU graduate. McQuinn said he donated the money for the project and the whole atrium because he wanted to give back to the university that he said gave him a good education.
“The McQuinns’ vision was to commission an award-winning work of art capable of drawing national attention to the Bond Life Sciences Center,” Chancellor Brady Deaton said.
The dedication ceremony for the sculpture marked the culmination of months of work for architect and artist Kenneth vonRoenn, whose team of 55 people designed and installed the piece during the summer.
“I felt the sculpture should physically connect the two sides of the atrium by engaging both spaces,” he wrote. “I also wanted the sculpture to embody the enthusiastic, self-perpetuating joy of discovery woven into the fabric of MU’s Life Sciences Center.”
Read the complete story in the Columbia Missourian and see pictures of “Joy of Discovery.”