OOS Sculpture

Guardians of the Path

1976 / Robert Gaston / Middletown

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The monumental sculpture on Breiel Boulevard at the entrance to Miami University Middletown is entitled ""Guardians of the Path."" Education is the path to the future. The sculpture stands on one of the highest points in the Miami Valley, a path for Indians, explorers and transportation in the 19th century, including the Miami Erie Canal. The sculpture is 102 tons of poured concrete, steel reinforced, consisting of eight vertical forms, the tallest of which is 18 feet. The sculpture is non-representational. It emulates the idea of stability and grace based upon geometry and rhythm. It is not only something that one looks at - it is also something to be walked through so that a person becomes a part of the space of the sculpture. Sculptor Robert Gaston was a former faculty member in Miami's School of Fine Arts.

Location: Breiel Boulevard entrance to the campus, 4200 E. University Blvd.

County

: Butler

Citation

: Robert Gaston, “Guardians of the Path,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed May 9, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/1038.

Dublin Core

Title

Guardians of the Path

Description

The monumental sculpture on Breiel Boulevard at the entrance to Miami University Middletown is entitled ""Guardians of the Path."" Education is the path to the future. The sculpture stands on one of the highest points in the Miami Valley, a path for Indians, explorers and transportation in the 19th century, including the Miami Erie Canal. The sculpture is 102 tons of poured concrete, steel reinforced, consisting of eight vertical forms, the tallest of which is 18 feet. The sculpture is non-representational. It emulates the idea of stability and grace based upon geometry and rhythm. It is not only something that one looks at - it is also something to be walked through so that a person becomes a part of the space of the sculpture. Sculptor Robert Gaston was a former faculty member in Miami's School of Fine Arts.

Creator

Date

1976

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Provider Qualifier

Funds provided by

Provider Entity

Ohio Arts Council Grand & matched by Louis B. McCalley fund.

Location Street

4200 E. University Blvd.

Location Type

Media Sculpture Height

18ft

Media Sculpture Width

22ft

Media Sculpture Depth

10ft

Installation Date

01/01/1976

Creation Date

01/01/1976