Category Archives: Art in Campuses

The Oblation


Originally uploaded by mpgambo

Location: University of the Philippines, across the Philippines

This post is a tribute to the University of the Philippines’ commemoration of its Centennial Year (1908-2008).

From wikipedia:
The Oblation is the iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines, represented by a man with arms wide-stretched and face facing up, symbolizing selfless offering of one’s self to his country…The (original) Oblation was made by Professor Guillermo E. Tolentino with the help of Anastacio T. Caedo, his student apprentice…. Several replicas of the Oblation were made for campuses of the University of the Philippines, some by national artist, Napoleon Abueva, and 2005 national artist nominee Glenn Bautista…

At the UP Diliman campus, Quezon City, Philippines (uploaded by Michael Tienzo)

Front view at the UP Cebu campus, Cebu, Philippines (uploaded by APO-Zeta Omega)

at the UP Mindanao campus, Mintal, Bago Oshiro, Davao City, Philippines (uploaded by barefoot cinderella)

At the UP Open University, Laguna, Philippines (uploaded by Al Librero)

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At the UP Visayas Campus, Iloilo City, Philippines (uploaded by IAMME00)

Back view at UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City, Philippines (uploaded by orangedroplet)

Robert Frost


Originally uploaded by abbybatchelder

Location: copies of this statue are found across the USA particularly in university and college campuses

Sculpture by: George Lundeen, bronze

Quoted from the article “Behind the Bronze” in theclockonline:
“I was in that house [Robert Frost’s house in New Hampshire] and they have kind of a wooden easy chair there,” Lundeen explained. “There was a picture next to it of him (Frost) sitting in that chair.”
The inspiration for Plymouth’s statue and its 20 other copies scattered around the United States came from the “desk” that Frost had set up on the chair to write on.
“He put a board across the arms of the chair and there was a hole with a stick through it to keep it up,” Lundeen said. “What I did for the piece was use that board, propped up with that stick… I thought that it really worked well.”
A bronze statue made at life-size takes approximately a year to complete. Lundeen explained that for the first four to six months a clay piece, approximately the size of the final product is used to achieve a good overall appearance.
“When you see a life size piece like that, you need a good silhouette that will greet people,” Lundeen said.
From there it takes a month to develop the mold for the sculpture and another two or three months to cast and finish the artwork.

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One statue in Plymouth State University (flickr pic originally uploaded by misterbisson)

flickr pic originally uploaded by Josh Fields (Plymouth State University)

This one is in Colorado University (flickr pic originally uploaded by Photoman Dan)…

….while this statue is in Dartmouth College (flickr pic originally uploaded by adam.riggall)

Detail shot originally uploaded by misterbisson