Stuart Collection Adds 20th Sculpture

(Left to right) Stuart Collection Director Mary Beebe, artist Mark Bradford, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Stuart Collection Project Director Mathieu Gregoire.(Left to right) Stuart Collection Director Mary Beebe, artist Mark Bradford, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Stuart Collection Project Director Mathieu Gregoire.

In December, UC San Diego welcomed internationally recognized artist Mark Bradford, whose sculpture recently became the 20th addition to the campus’s Stuart Collection—a unique collection of site-specific works by leading artists of our time. At 195-feet-tall, his work is the tallest structure on campus. Located in Urey Plaza in Revelle College, the piece is a monumental ode to the origins of today’s lightning-speed communications.

Chancellor Khosla welcomed campus and community members at the reception and explained that the new art enriches the student experience. For over 30 years, Stuart Collection sculptures have piqued curiosity and provoked questions, from a house perched precariously atop a seven-story building to a harmonic grove of trees that sings the shifts in weather.

Bradford’s sculpture signals continuously in Morse code, transmitting the first message ever sent by electric telegraph: “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT.” The experiment was led by Samuel Morse and his partner Alfred Vail in 1844 and marked an important step in launching our nation’s communication network.

Throughout his prolific career, Bradford has created an impressive body of work that interprets pressing social issues within both historical and contemporary frameworks. His profound insight and inventiveness have established him as one of the most significant and influential artists of his generation. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009 and a National Medal of Arts in 2015.