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Special Veterinary Sculpture Made a Stop at K-State

 

00.continuum.jpg (34108 bytes) Miniature of the Continuum Sculpture

"Continuum," a 45 foot long sculpture made a brief stop at Kansas State University as part of its national tour. "Continuum" represents the human-animal bond that date back to prehistoric times up to today. The substantial sculpture is made of cast bronze and begins with prehistoric cave drawings and progresses to show life size animals of today and the ways in which the human-animal bond is nurtured by the veterinary practice. One side of the interactive sculpture reflects the inner workings of some animals, including the skeleton of a horse and the nervous system of a cat.

Kevin Doerr makes a short presentation during the display to discuss the history of the sculpture.
Kevin Doerr, director of alumni relations at Purdue University makes a short presentation during the display to discuss the history of the sculpture.

Kevin Doerr and  Dean Ralph Richardson
Kevin Doerr meets with Ralph Richardson, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

"Continuum" was sculpted by artist Larry Anderson, who currently lives in Tacoma, Wash. Anderson studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, and earned his masters degree in art from the Cranbrook Academy. This is the second of his works to reflect a veterinary theme. The first, "The Caring Cell," is located at the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Dean Ralph Richardson and Drs. Jacob Mosier and William Fortney
Dean Ralph Richardson and Drs. Jacob Mosier and William Fortney confer during the "Continuum" exhibition.

Close-up of some of the detail of the sculpture
Close-up of some of the detail of the sculpture.

 

The sculpture was also scheduled to be on exhibit in Seattle, Denver, St. Louis, and Chicago before its final destination in its new home at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. The sculpture made its appearance in the parking lot at the Denison Avenue entrance to K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine on August 22. "Continuum" arrived in Manhattan on a large flatbed with removable sides, which allowed for the display. Kopf Trucking of Goshen, Ind. donated its services for the transporting of the massive exhibit. The visit to Manhattan was sponsored by K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Beach Museum of Art, and the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. The college also provided a light reception during the viewing of the "Continuum."

K-State Collegian Article on "Continuum"