Wolf Plaza

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Client: North Carolina State University

Location: Raleigh, NC, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $325,000

Project Team

Artist

Michael Stutz

Michael Stutz

Landscape Architect

Tom Skolnicki

Office of the University Architect

Overview

for “Wolf Walk Plaza” at North Carolina State University Raleigh, have become a campus icon, transforming a previously non-descript space into a nexus for student life. The sculptures use the school mascot, the wolf pack, to evoke the journey of exploration and expression the students are undertaking during their university years. People are drawn to the sense of time and reflection embodied by these
iconic presences.

Goals

I worked with the university landscape architects to create a space which invites interacation and has become an iconic part of the North Carolina State campus.

Additional Information

I make permanent-low maintenance installations that are organic and natural. Sunlight plays through my latticed sculptures, shifting between internal and external space. Linear fluidity and bundled energy evoke movement and feeling. My figurative sculptures transcend mimesis with their contemporary structure, metaphorical narrative, and place-making relevance. The participating viewer is given space for interpretation and considers how the evidence of process and craftsmanship remain a part of the expression of the work.