ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new permanent sculpture has been added to
Northern State University campus as part of the NSU Sculpture Project.
The sculpture, titled "Alumigrunt," is by artist Gene Sowles of Cincinnati. Sowles said the piece is derived from a previous sculpture that was based on the work practices of the men in his family.
“My grandfathers were an iron worker and a railroad worker,” he said. “My father was a semi-truck driver. My uncles are iron workers and other occupations that are similar, so there is a tradition of doing very physical labor in my family.”
The piece for NSU has another family connection – his daughter contributed to its creation. The title is derived from the labor intensive work involved and the weight of the concrete.
The NSU Sculpture Project, a sculpture loan program run by the NSU Art Department, presents work by regional, national and international artists. "Alumigrunt" was added last month. The NSU Art Department thanks GCC Consolidated Ready Mix Inc. for donating the concrete.