Sculptor/Creator – Susan Ewing
Date – 2010
Medium – Stainless Steel
Location – north side of Franklin Hall, near Lincoln Street on Esplanade
“Starsphere 2010,” a 5000 pound stainless steel sculpture created by Susan Ewing of Oxford, Ohio is located at the north end of Franklin Hall, near the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Professor Ewing is on the faculty of Miami University and the recipient of many international awards and commissions. Her work, on the Kent State University Campus, was fabricated by John Bridges of Shadetree Machine in Madison Township, Ohio. Its star-like forms relate, as Ewing stated in an internet article for The Oxford Press, “…as a very abstract
way to think about freedoms.” The events of May 4th and the aftermath have served as a point of departure for artists like Susan Ewing. She commented: “I hope that it’s a piece that stays in people’s minds…And they can think of intangible ideas like freedoms in the First Amendment.” “Starsphere 2010” was funded by the Ohio Arts Council Percent for Arts program. It is also on the university’s Esplanade Path Sculpture Walk. Professor Ewing is the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been widely exhibited and resides in many art collections and on sites.