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Jack, 1972   
Painted metal     
W. Edwin Bryan, Jr. Plaza, Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center

Gift of the Kenneth E. Bentsen Family   

Installed in the grass of Bryan Plaza adjacent to the entrance of the Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center is Jim Love’s original and iconic Jack. Modeled after a traditional child’s toy of the same name, Jack bears a likeness to its subject in its material, form and playfulness. However, Love turned what is usually a small toy into a monumental sculpture many times its original size and added a coat of vibrant red paint to the typically unfinished surface. In this location, Jack embodies the high energy intrinsic to the recreation center, while providing a unique juxtaposition to Aurora Robson’s detailed constellation of suspended sculptures that occupy the buildings foyer.       

Jim Love Paul Bunyan Bouquet no.2

Paul Bunyan Bouquet no. 2, 1968
Red brass and cast iron
Lovett College Courtyard

Gift of The Brown Foundation

Flowers are a traditional and popular subject throughout art history. Similarly, flowers were a frequent motif in Love's work. His use of vernacular subjects within a Pop aesthetic, along with his signature sense of humor turn the idea of beauty on its head. The large-scale bouquet, made from gears, machined steel, and other spare parts, sprouts unexpectedly alongside other trees inside the Lovett College courtyard. Love asks us to imagine a bouquet made for a giant in this assemblage of found objects.

About the Artist: Born in Amarillo, Texas, Jim Love garnered national recognition through the groundbreaking exhibition, "The Art of Assemblage" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1961. Love earned a B.A. at Baylor University. His sculptures reside in the permanent collection of The Menil Collection, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among other institutions. Jim Love died in Houston, Texas in May, 2005.