ISU Sphere, by Brandon Zebold, is located on the campus of Indiana State University at the south entrance of Holmstedt Hall. In creating this piece, Brandon considered the architecture of the building as well as the natural surroundings of the campus location. The sculpture interacts playfully with nature and elements of the surroundings may be seen around and through the sculpture.
The imagery on the sphere is inspired by symbols of ISU, as well as familiar elements of the City of Terre Haute. These include reference to the Wabash River, the sycamore tree, and even the crows. The artist intends that the viewer engage in deciphering the symbols which may be found within both the positive and the negative space.
Perched on a deeply embedded granite boulder (carefully selected for scale), ISU Sphere implies permanence with a hint of tension as one perceives that it may at any time roll off. This nicely captures the symbolism of the sphere, a universal image, signifying both continuity and change.
Brandon’s earliest artform was drawing, and it slowly evolved from drawing on paper to drawing on steel. One of his favorite materials is Corten steel – also known as “weathering steel.” Out of that seemingly unbendable material he has provided for ISU and the city a lasting and sensitively drawn piece. It speaks to the work of a busy university engaging young minds, renewing thought and inviting the entire community to participate in cultural and aesthetically meaningful experiences on campus throughout the year.
Steel and Granite, 2012
5′ high, 5′ wide, 5′ deep
Located on the Terre Haute Arts Corridor on the campus of Indiana State University at Holmstedt Hall, 620 Chestnut Street.
Brandon Zebold lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
Art Spaces gratefully acknowledges Indiana State University
ISU Sphere is part of the Permanent Art Collection of ISU.