Fanfare For Maksymowicz:

A Campus Legend in the Shadow of ‘Fallen Star’

By Dave Hampton for KPBS on May 9, 2013

Those that stick to the path will never see this hidden artwork or learn of the tragedy it commemorates. Set into the earth like an ancient relic, the object predates the Stuart Collection...There has been no fanfare for Virginia Maksymowicz's "Thirty Blocks," though the work has been in place since 1976 and has earned a place in campus folklore.

Regular visitors to the UCSD campus have by now grown accustomed to the bizarre sight of a small house protruding from the School of Engineering building, high above the Warren College Mall.

Inspired by a Rhode Island cottage, Korean-born artist Do-Ho Suh's spectacular "Fallen Star" is perched like a cap at a jaunty, if slightly sickening angle on the corner of a seventh-story rooftop. The latest jewel in the crown of the Stuart Collection, "Fallen Star" is the 18th addition to the campus wide assortment of site-specific works commissioned from leading artists. It's a big event when ambitious new pieces are added and informative brochures make it easy for people to stroll the campus and admire these prominent works of art.

Art lovers who meander along Alexis Smith's "Snake Path" and take in the view of "Fallen Star" are unknowingly walking right past an unmarked, mysterious art installation that's been part of the campus for decades. Those that stick to the path will never see this hidden artwork or learn of the tragedy it commemorates. Set into the earth like an ancient relic, the object predates the Stuart Collection.

There has been no fanfare for Virginia Maksymowicz's "Thirty Blocks," though the work has been in place since 1976 and has earned a place in campus folklore.

"Thirty Blocks" consists of three rows of fired clay slabs (or blocks, or "bricks") set in the ground just east of the Geisel Library, in what some people call the George Winne Memorial Grove. The ceramic sculpture was part of UCSD grad student Virginia Maksymowicz's MFA project.

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