PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A sculpture by Dusan Dzamonja [DOO-shahn Jaw-moan-YAH] of Yugoslavia will be unveiled and dedicated at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at its location on the patio of the Thomas J. Watson Sr., Center for Information Technology (CIT) at Brown University. The public is invited. Speakers include the Dzamonja, Brown President Vartan Gregorian and Vice Chancellor Artemis Joukowsky, who commissioned the sculpture and donated it to the University.
Dzamonja uses man-made material such as nails and chains to create his sculptures. He has created numerous public monuments dedicated to the heroes and victims of World War II. Many of his finest works use circles and spheres as symbols of the unity of mankind. His sculpture at the CIT is a giant metal sphere with encircling thick metal bands.
The sculpture arrived about 18 months ago and has been in a warehouse waiting until Dzamonja could visit Brown for the dedication ceremony.
Joukowsky said he commissioned the sculpture after seeing some of Dzamonja’s work in a museum in Zagreb during a business trip in the early 1980s. “I thought it would be wonderful to have an East European sculptor represented on campus,” said Joukowsky. “This could be regarded as a symbol of the growing political as well as artistic freedom in that part of the world.”
Joukowsky said he considered the sculpture a gift to the City of Providence as well as to Brown. “I see this as an embellishment of our own city environment,” he said.