Artist: Stephen E. Wooldridge
Date created: 1998
Zephyr is a public sculpture created by Indiana artist Steve Wooldridge in 1998. It is located southeast of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library and north of New York Street on IUPUI’s campus.
“Zephyr” refers to a pioneering streamlined locomotive, dating to the 1930s. Each of the sculpture’s eight geometric shapes has a meaning that ties the idea of “progress” as embodied in the locomotive to the progress that is possible through education. The rectangular base represents the core of education. The two side-by-side cylinders represent the wheels of progress, while the triangle represents a mode of transportation designed for speed. The small cylinder that supports the hoop signifies fortitude and determination and the hoop itself stands for the circle of life. The long pole represents ambition and the hollow scroll stands for the scroll of knowledge. The artist dedicated the sculpture to today’s youth.
Steve Wooldridge was born in Sheridan, Indiana, and still lives there today. He attended the Dayton Art Institute where he studied three-dimensional design and sculpture. He graduated from the Herron School of Art in 1963 with a degree in Sculpture. His preferred styles are abstract, assemblage, and minimalism. Wooldridge is known for his site specific sculpture for indoors and outdoors, and he is a member of the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America. Another one of Wooldridge’s sculptures, Spirit Keeper, is also located on the IUPUI campus. For more information about the artist, visit http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/steve-wooldridge.html?tab=artwork
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