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New campus sculpture wins national award

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Do Ho Suh visited Western's campus for the installation of Cause & Effect. | Photo by Matthew Anderson ('06)
Detail: © Do Ho Suh. Cause and Effect, 2012, acrylic and aluminum frame, approx. 16 feet high. Collection of Western Washington University in partnership with Public Art Program, Washington State Arts Commission. | Photo by Matthew Anderson ('06)
© Do Ho Suh. Cause and Effect, 2012, acrylic and aluminum frame, approx. 16 feet high. Collection of Western Washington University in partnership with Public Art Program, Washington State Arts Commission. | Photo by Matthew Anderson ('06)

Cause & Effect, Western’s newest art installation, was named one of the top 50 public art projects last year in the nation by a leading arts advocacy group.

Americans for the Arts included Do Ho Suh’s Cause & Effect in its 2013 Year in Review, recognizing the nation’s innovative public art works from the previous year.

Cause & Effect, hanging from the ceiling of the Academic Instructional Center West, is made up of densely hung strands of thousands of tiny, human figures.

Do Ho Suh is an internationally acclaimed artist who uses memories of his childhood in Korea to address issues of interpersonal space, identity and the transitory qualities of existence in today’s globalized society. Cause & Effect attempts to decipher the boundaries between a single identity and a larger group.

Western has a distinguished history of art in public places. The Outdoor Sculpture Collection is nationally recognized as an example of artistic works amid the daily, living environment of a university community. The collection features major international, national and regional artists.

Three independent public art experts – John Carson, artist and head of Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art; Norie Sato, Seattle artist; and Justine Topfer, project manager, San Francisco Arts Commission and private curator – juried the 2013 Year in Review. More than 350 projects were submitted for review and 50 finalists selected.

The American for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.