May 3, 2016 - Rice Public Art supporters dedicated "Musical Stele" and "Waves Column," two permanent installations and the newest additions to the Rice Public Art collection by acclaimed Texas sculptor Jesús Bautista Moroles. The works were previously on long-term loan to the university. The granite sculptures are installed on the grounds of the Cohen House, a central campus gathering place for Rice faculty, staff, students, and friends. “These works, both corporeal and monumental at once, reveal our relationship with the natural world through a formal reworking of granite’s inherent qualities,” said Caroline Walker, associate director of Rice Public Art. “Moroles’ enjoyment in transforming granite, and leaving its raw original state, is evident in both works, which are strong examples of the late artist’s recent work.”
“Waves Column,” 2003, installed outdoors in the Cohen House courtyard, presents a rhythmic, undulating form, as its name suggests. “Musical Stele,” 2004, of a more intimate scale, is installed in the Cohen House lobby and takes a wholly different approach in its rigid staccato form, punctuated by an absence of granite and finely carved horizontal keys.
Moroles’ sculptures will complement other sculptures in Rice’s public art collection, which features noted works by artists such as Jaume Plensa, James Surls and Michael Heizer. To learn more about the artist, click here.