Binghamton University dedicates new outdoor sculpture
M&T Bank and Binghamton University dignitaries ceremonially unveiled a sculpture honoring sportsmanship at 11 a.m. Monday, April 17, in front of the University’s Events Center. A gift from M&T Bank, the sculpture, which is titled “Teamwork,” symbolizes the energetic team spirit of the Binghamton University community.
Outlining five athletes running and leaping together, the sixteen-foot artwork is the creation of New York architect Patrick Curley, a principal architect with Einhorn, Yaffee & Prescott Architects who designed the University’s Events Center. Created to compliment the Events Center, the design is made of a ribbon of 1/2” thick steel and can be interpreted from some viewpoints as a tower of steel, while from others, an abstract pattern that dissolves into the shape of five athletes
“Binghamton University's educational and athletic programs draw thousands of students and visitors to the region every year and this new sculpture becomes a very memorable focal point for the Events Center,” said M&T Bank Regional President Glenn R. Small. “I'm proud M&T Bank was able to help the university with this campus improvement and hope the sculpture will serve as a source of inspiration for students, faculty and campus visitors for years to come.”
For Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur, the sculpture also characterizes Binghamton University’s relationship with the community.
“Since its founding, Binghamton University has relied on the support and commitment of the community,” said DeFleur. “This support and teamwork has enabled the University to grow from a small selective liberal arts college to the “premier public research university in the Northeast” - as identified by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. We are deeply appreciative of this support which symbolized by this sculpture.”
The sculpture was cast by the Tallix Fine Art Foundry of Beacon, New York. Examples of their architecture and restoration projects grace the American Folk Art Museum in New York City; the Poughkeepsie War Memorial; and Radio City Music Hall.