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Sponsor: Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with University of Central Oklahoma Arts Media and Design
This William Shakespeare bench in front of UCO’s Mitchell Hall is a very detailed piece by Gary Price. Mitchell Hall is a performance venue on campus, hosting plays, musicals, and many other live-performances. This is a perfect location for this wonderful artistic bench honoring William Shakespeare. The area is nicely landscaped, and has several dedicated benches and a sculpture (Kinetic Air).
On the front side, a relaxed William is sitting on the side of the bench, with right arm draped over the back of the bench. His right arm rests by a tiny sculpture of two cherubs with a ball between them. On the bench, next to William, is a skull, feather pen, and a bottle of ink. The bottom of the bench leg is a claw, and above it is an artistic W. On top of the bench, directly above the leg, is a small lion’s head with a crown around it.
There are numerous little surprises on this bench, on both sides, so look carefully. At the back of the bench you will find three small figures: a woman in a dress peeking at something; a boy sitting down with legs outstretched, reading a book; a young person sitting up curled with I think a bird on his knee.
Also at the back of the bench is a large decorative plaque with a quote from one of Shakespeare’s works, and a mini Shakespeare biography from the sculptor, Gary Price.
Medium type: Bronze
Date created: 2006