Malcolm MacDougall has scored a coup at his alma mater. For the next year or more his sculpture Microscopic Landscape will be on display at the main entrance to the Purchase College campus. He is the winner of the 2010 President's Award for Student Public Art and his eight foot welded steel sculpture will be seen by more than 4,000 visitors and students who pass it daily.
Mr. MacDougall, Ardsley, NY, is a junior and a sculpture student in the School of Art + Design. He was chosen by the President's Committee for Public Art on Campus chaired by Professor Eric Wildrick and is the first person to win this new award.
He has worked on the piece for the past year. It is made of 5,000 pounds of steel and is 24 feet long, 7 feet wide and 11 feet tall. It is a conceptual piece inspired by the principle of growth as in the reproduction and mutation of cells. "I work in multiples as a way to expand forms sequentially," he said. "Mathematical patterns of organic growth emerge through this exploration. This amalgamation and merging of forms is a continuing theme throughout the work which produces a framework for growth and expansion."
Placement of the sculpture was a team effort. The Purchase grounds crew prepared the site and Mariano Brothers Inc., a moving company that specializes in moving and installing sculpture was hired. Mariano Brothers provided a flatbed truck to move the piece from the School of Art + Design and a crane to lift the work and lower it to its base.
The installation drew a crowd of students, professors and a few alumni.
The work will be displayed for one year.
Mr. MacDougall first came to Purchase as a high school student who took a summer art class and later a continuing education class in his senior year.
In 2009 several of his smaller bronze and steel sculptures were exhibited in the Purchase College Library. He currently has a sculpture exhibit at the Greenburgh Public Library and is part of a group show Unspoken Moments at the Lazarus Gallery in New Rochelle, NY. He was also included in a group show at the Neuberger Museum of Art in 2009 called Art is Dangerous.