The University Record, June 21, 1999

Snap shots

Bye, bye bottles

Bottleneck, the Patrick Dougherty sculpture that graced the Diag for more than a year, was decommissioned in a brief ceremony June 9.

Created in April 1998 as part of the Environmental Theme Semester, the sculpture captured the attention of thousands of visitors to Ann Arbor and became a part of the lives of the people who walked by it every day.

Museum of Art Director James Steward, who took up his post shortly after the sculpture’s completion, wants to capture the success of this piece in an ongoing program for art in public places. ‘The Dougherty project has been a terrific opportunity to engage a general audience about issues of art in public spaces, especially at this wonderful intersection where the university and the broader community come together,’ Steward says. ‘I hope we can use this to launch a more ambitious program of public art around the University that would offer possible partnerships with the city of Ann Arbor. We need to insert art more immediately into the life of the community, and challenge perceptions about what art is or can be.’ Photo Services file photo by Bill Wood

Multicultural food fest gives guests a taste of other lands

Guests at the Multicultural Food Fest June 10 were entertained as they waited in line by School of Nursing student Dominic Veldman and Ann Arbor resident Krista Dragun (at right), who put on a swashbuckling show and made the time in line pass more quickly.

Heat and humidity didn’t seem to blunt any appetites as guests piled plates full as they went through two tents filled with food representing other lands and cultures. Photos by Bob Kalmbach

Playwright Miller meets with students

Playright and alumnus Arthur Miller (second from left) talked with students of James Burnstein, adjunct lecturer in film and video studies, June 4 at the Michigan League. Miller was in town to present the Arthur Miller Award to playwright Willy Holtzman. While visiting, Miller said theater [as a business] is in difficulties, but he remains optimistic ‘because people still want to write plays, act in them; and people want to come to them.’ Asked if he would write a play for the proposed Arthur Miller Theater, Miller said, ‘I’d love to, but I can’t guarantee I can do that. It’s easier to build a theater. All you need are some bricks.’ Photo by Paul Jaronski

Mummy’s skull ‘tells a story’

Denis C. Lee, professor of art and director of the Program in Medical and Biological Illustration, works to create facial features that might have belonged to a woman who lived more than 3,000 years ago.

Lee has volunteered his time to reconstruct the skull of a female mummy from the Toledo Museum of Art. Using scanning equipment from Toledo Hospital, a model of the woman’s head, and that of a male, were constructed and donated to the museum. Technological advances have made it possible to get accurate information on the mummies without removing the wrapping.

‘A skull tells us a story,’ Lee says. ‘There is so much information there.” Lee’s work on the head, which he says is 80 percent scientifically accurate and 20 percent a feeling of what someone looked like, will probably take a few months to complete. Then he will return the reconstruction to the museum. Photo by Paul Jaronski