PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President and Mrs. Samuel
H. Smith will host a dedication ceremony for WSU’s newest sculpture,
“Persona,” on the Holland Library Plaza at 4 p.m. April 7.

“Persona” is wind-activated sound sculpture by internationally recognized
artist Doug Hollis of San Francisco.

The sculpture, located on the Holland Library Plaza, encompasses four kinetic
“wind organs” configured to the four primary compass points. The setting is
intended to amplify the sweeping views of the Palouse and heighten one’s
awareness of the natural world through the creation of sound and its
interaction with the setting.

Hollis’ work has been described as creating an oasis-like quality, where people
can pause to catch their spiritual breath and focus attention on the world
around them.

In addition to the dedication ceremony, Hollis will present an overview of his
past work in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The
artist will also attend the dedication ceremony.

The lecture is sponsored by the WSU Museum of Art as part of its spring 2000
“Redefining Landscape” lecture series.

The Washington State Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places Program
supports “Persona” as a part of its goal to maintain a state art collection that
represents the work of regional, national and international artists.

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