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Fall 2012
About a year ago, in the beginning of the fall semester, the li-
brary was loaned a new piece of art which affectionately became
referred to as “the giant leg” by most students. What most do
not know is that the bronze leg statute was actually sculpted
by Marist’s own Ed Smith, an art professor and the Steel Plant
Gallery director. The sculpture is entitled O.L.F., short for One
Leg Figure. The plaque on the sculpture explains that the name
is “intentional and important, it adds to the feeling of ‘history’ in
the work and invites the viewer to ‘discover’ meaning and sym-
bolism in what is and what is not.”
The figure
made of wax and then cast with bronze
is just
one piece in a series of about six other similar sculptures. “[The
sculpture] is meant to mean anything, really,” said Smith. “I see
it as someone fighting the gravity that pulls us all down; go-
ing against the forces that prevail against us all and still rising
above.”
Yet, the meaning is much less important to Smith than what
other get out of his art. “It is not unintentional that people have
to literally look up to it. I want people to stop and look at it and
think, ‘something memorable happened here,’ it’s not just art, it
is a commemoration, whatever you choose that commemoration
to be,” said Smith.
And memorable the sculpture has been. “It has almost become
a standard over the year,” said Marist student Jennifer Smith,
‘13. “When professors or anyone asks to meet in the library, you
just know to meet there. You definitely can’t miss it.”
This kind of reaction to his work is exactly what Smith is crav-
ing. “It means a lot to me that people have recognized it. I am
so happy to hear that it has become a place that people meet…a
landmark of some sorts; it is hard not to notice but it is up to the
people to remember.”
*Smith’s O.L.F. sculpture can be found on the second floor of the
library, near the library cafe
—COLLEEN KOPCHIK,‘12
Smith’s O.L.F. sculpture
finds a home on campus