From the Collections

    Uncovering campus treasures

    By New Trail on May 12, 2014

    Summer is the perfect time to pack a picnic and head to North Campus. Spread a blanket in one of the beautiful green spaces and cleanse your “palette” with some amazing public art. Since its early years, the U of A has avidly collected artwork and historical artifacts, including paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by Canadian and international artists. The University of Alberta Art Collection now includes more than 9,000 pieces.

    South Flats, Sir Anthony Caro, ’90 DLitt (Honorary)

    From Caro’s Flats series, this monumental welded and bolted steel sculpture has been a familiar sight in Quad for nearly four decades. Caro is noted as one of a number of modernist sculptors who brought sculpture off the pedestal to the viewer’s plane, creating a more intimate experience.

    Kubos, William Gregory

    Located in the education quad, Kubos plays on the words “kudos” and “cube” and is intended to complement the bold forms of the Education Building with its diagonal thrusts. This sculpture has served as inspiration for many pranks through the years: in the early 1980s, it was covered with painted plywood to resemble a giant Rubik’s cube.

    Pillar, Andrew Michael French, ’99 MFA

    Situated on Saskatchewan Drive across from the picturesque river valley, Pillar casts a large and lovely shadow at the northernmost end of HUB. It is one of the collection’s master of fine arts thesis presentations and reflects the high calibre of artists who graduate from the U of A.

    All across campus are the 29 interdisciplinary collections that make up the University of Alberta Museums. This unique model distinguishes the U of A as one of the world’s great public universities. The collections are used daily for teaching, research and community engagement.