2007; reclaimed stone, stainless steel, prairie grasses, pathways; 6’H x 170’W x 170’D; University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.  Commissioned by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

The sculptural groupings allude to nature, seasonal cycles and transition.  Inscribed into the benches are visual images of a plant’s root system, a vascular cell structure and winged seedpods of the maple tree; paired with Haiku poems written by Bashō: “Winter solitude in a world of one color the sound of wind”; Buson: “Coming back so many pathways through the spring grass”; Issa: “The world of dew is the world of dew and yet, and yet”.

© Janet Lofquist