Greeners may have noticed several new structures this week as arches sprang up around campus seemingly overnight. Visitors to the library have the option of walking around, or passing through, a peaked arch set with mirrors, while another arch inspired by Mayan design holds a commanding perch on the Red Square hill. Others sit in less visited spots, waiting to be discovered.
This week we were delighted to discover the story behind the mystery as we found the program Gothic Constructions touring the structures for critique. Faculty Anthony Tindill and Trevor Speller divided the students into seven groups to construct the arches, which served as physical manifestations of the students’ studies this year. The program combines architecture and literature studies, and students either used literature as the inspiration for their projects, or found ways to incorporate text directly into their structures by carving words or adorning them with pages of books.
They won’t be up for long, so please visit and contemplate the program’s work. We hope that you take the challenge to find all seven and enjoy both the hunt and the journey. (Hint: when is the last time you made it out to the Evergreen beach?)