When I first toured Kenyon, as a sophomore in high school tagging along behind my sister, I was told by the tour guide that the giant statue in the Squad was supposed to evoke some kind of cell (neuron? particle?) structure, but students often compared it to a profile of Elvis with a spike stuck through it. Three and a half years later, I’m a sophomore at Kenyon and I’ve never heard it compared to Elvis and I have learned it has nothing to do with any kind of scientific structure.
I know the statue is on loan from Graham Gund, but other than that I knew very little about the statue, as aside from the name (Large Spindle Piece) until I discovered this Collegian article from October 24, 2002, which was written at the time the loan was announced. Read on for more info on Large Spindle Piece than you may care to know (unless you really like sculptures, then maybe its not enough). Continue reading