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Celebrating 50 Years: 1996

Garden of Learning Sculpture Installed

Two new sculptures were donated to the university by members of its community and erected on campus in 1996. The Building the Vision Arch, commemorating the
university’s hugely successful national fundraising campaign, was installed in the quadrangle outside the Students’ Union building. It was later moved to outside the Social
Sciences Tower when the Taylor Quadrangle was constructed.

Local artist Katie Ohe’s Garden of Learning sculpture was installed outside the Administration building in July. Fred and Robin Terentiuk gave the sculpture to the university because they wanted to contribute to the campus’s ‘intellectual atmosphere and aesthetic landscape’. Untitled when installed, the sculpture contains three symbols -- a tree, a cradle and a root – representing the university’s mandate of research, teaching and service. Fred Terentiuk was a physics professor and university administrator. During his nearly 30 years at the university he served as the first director of Continuing Education, acting dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, acting director of the newly established School of Nursing, and Dean of University College, the predecessor of the Faculty of General Studies. He was also the university’s lead organizer for its involvement with the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

At least two other of Ohe’s works are installed at the University of Calgary. The Zipper, made of aluminum coated chrome, can revolve in three different directions at once. “It’s
another example of the absurdity of man’s existence – turning and turning around in circles and never getting anywhere”, commented Vice-President Services, Michael Tims, when the sculpture was installed in 1975. The campus landmark apparently became a good luck charm for students:
usually in motion it helped calm those working in the adjacent rooms, allowing them to concentrate on their work or exam writing.

Ohe’s Conic Free Form, an aluminum and steel structure located in the main foyer of the Engineering Building, was commissioned by the Engineering Institute of Canada Wives Club as a project for Canada’s centennial in 1967.

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