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SMU Meadows School of the Arts
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October 7, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- "Wave," a 40-by-90-foot sculpture with reflecting pool designed by internationally renowned Spanish architect, engineer and sculptor Santiago Calatrava, will be unveiled and dedicated at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, as the newest acquisition of the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. Calatrava and His Excellency Javier Rupérez, Ambassador of Spain, will attend the ceremony.

The perpetually-moving sculpture, which was specially commissioned by the museum, is the first large-scale work by Calatrava to be permanently installed in the United States. It is located on the street-level plaza in front of the Meadows Museum at 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus.

The design for "Wave" incorporates a large shallow pool of water with 129 rocking bronze bars running its length. The bars will move sequentially, creating a four-cycle wave motion in space above the water. The bars will not touch the water; instead, their wave motion will be reflected in the pool. The pool is made of black granite, with slow-moving water about four inches deep, which will create an almost-still reflecting surface. Lighting in the pool will provide illumination from underneath the sculpture at night.

In addition to the artist and the ambassador, those attending the public dedication ceremony on Oct. 8 will include donors Richard and Mary Anne Sammons Cree of The Rosine Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, SMU President R. Gerald Turner, and other SMU officials.

As part of the ceremony, water from Spain will be poured into the reflecting pool and mixed with Texas water, symbolizing the cultural and aesthetic bond between Spain and the United States. The water was brought to the international opening festival of the new Meadows Museum of Spanish art in March 2001. It was poured into a special vase by Their Majesties, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain, to await the dedication of "Wave."

"This lyrical new acquisition will be the signature piece marking the new Meadows Museum," said Carole Brandt, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. "Its position on Bishop Boulevard at the gateway to campus ensures a beautiful and serene welcome to all visitors to SMU."

The Meadows School of the Arts has had a significant relationship with Calatrava for several years. In November 2000, Calatrava received the school's prestigious Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts, and in March 2001, the new Meadows Museum building opened with "Poetics of Movement -- The Architecture of Santiago Calatrava" as its inaugural special exhibition.

"I was very moved when the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University asked me to create a sculpture," Santiago Calatrava said, "and I am now delighted to see the work permanently installed here, where I have received such a warm welcome. In this sculpture, the solidity of the bronze bars seems to dissolve into something fluid. Rigid, straight elements take on the appearance of a curve; the heavy material becomes weightless, as it is reflected in the water. Perhaps, in these transformations, we may also sense how an architect born in Spain comes to feel at home in Dallas."

Calatrava is known worldwide for his architectural designs and sculptures, which combine fluid, almost aerial forms with strongly functional structure. "Wave" reflects the creative combination of engineering and movement that is the hallmark of Calatrava's great architectural projects. A time capsule at the American Museum of Natural History in New York is one of his few other sculptures in the United States.

Calatrava's architectural masterpieces include the new extension to the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Lyon Airport Railway Station in France; and in Spain, the Alamillo Bridge in Seville, the Bach de Roda Bridge in Barcelona, the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, and Bilbao Airport, among many others. In the United States, Calatrava has been commissioned to design a new home for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a proposed series of new bridges over the Trinity River in Dallas. His sculptures have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, among other places.

The Rosine Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, through the generosity of Mary Anne and Richard Cree of Dallas, provided $1.5 million for construction and maintenance of the Calatrava sculpture as part of the recent $400 million Campaign for SMU. Mrs. Cree established The Rosine Foundation Fund to honor the memory of her mother, Rosine Sammons.

"We are grateful to Communities Foundation of Texas and the Crees for providing this magnificent work of art," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "The Calatrava sculpture will enrich the campus by enabling the SMU community and campus visitors to enjoy the creative expression of one of the leading figures in contemporary art and architecture."

Communities Foundation of Texas is one of the country's largest community foundations in terms of total assets and grants awarded. For 50 years, it has advanced philanthropy in the state. CFT has awarded over $568 million in charitable grants since its inception. Its singular mission is to fulfill the philanthropic intentions of its donors to meet the educational, medical, civic, artistic and cultural, and social service needs of their community.

The Meadows Museum at SMU houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, with major works dating from the 10th to the 20th century. Included in the Meadows Collection are works by Spanish masters such as El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. The collection includes Renaissance altarpieces, monumental Baroque canvases, rococo oil sketches, polychrome wood sculptures, Impressionist landscapes, modernist abstractions, a comprehensive collection of the graphic works of Goya, and a group of sculptures by leading 20th-century artists.

The new Meadows Museum, provided through gifts from The Meadows Foundation, is six times larger than the 35-year-old campus facility that previously housed the Meadows Collection. The new building doubled the exhibition space for the museum's permanent collection and significantly expanded facilities for special exhibitions, research, education and public programming.

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