October 29, 2001
Martin Luther King Jr. sculpture on display
By Louise Donahue
McHenry Library has a new temporary resident, and he's unlikely to get lost in the
A bronze bust of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is on loan to the library
for a month, where it is being shown in the foyer.
|A student takes a look at the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in McHenry Library.
Photo: Don Harris
The larger-than-life "heroic" size sculpture, created by Santa Cruz artist
Barrington McLean, was installed October 24.
McLean said he had looked at different sites for the bust before settling on the
open area between the library and the Chancellor's Office. The light coming through
the large windows, the height of the ceiling, and the amount of foot traffic were
factors in his choice.
Once installed, "it looked much greater than I thought it would look,"
McLean said. "The light was just perfect."
The sculpture is a second casting, McLean said. The first casting is on display in
the Sculpture Habitat in Marina, near the new headquarters of UC's Monterey Bay Education,
Science, and Technology (MBEST) Center on the former Fort Ord Army base.
George Brown, vice provost and dean for academic affairs, attended the dedication
of the Sculpture Habitat last spring and was impressed by McLean's sculpture. After
Brown was told that a second casting of the bust was available, the loan to UCSC
McLean, who has taught figure sculpture at UCSC, works in various media and has done
sculptures of other heroes, including one of George Washington. He was one of three
to receive a Distinguished Artist of 2001 honor by the Santa Cruz Art League.