OOS Sculpture

I Want to Become Architecture

2008 / Allan Wexler, Ellen Wexler, et al. / Athens

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This is a brick wall that extends out from the nearby student housing building, Adams Hall, with the shape of Allan Wexler's body embedded into it.

The project cost $78,425 and was designed by Allan and Ellen Wexler from New York. The Wexlers hired local mason Don Hawk and his Brick-It Co. to lay and cut the brick. Allan Wexler had created a project of the same name in 2002, using sheet rock and wood.

On his website (link in Sources), Wexler calls the piece "a portrait of the artist in and as his work," and writes that, "The work begins as architecture, breaking free of the brick wall of the residence hall. It then extends out to function as sidewalk, as abstract forms, as bench and as artist portrait." Wexler also writes about why they chose brick, when neither had worked with it before, with one reason being the importance of brick manufacturing in the history of Ohio.

The artists encourage students and visitors to use and interact with the piece. It's located between Nelson Commons and Adams Hall and can be accessed by walking around the side of Adams and through the garage.

Location: Ohio University, 63 South Green Drive

County

: Athens

Citation

: Allan Wexler, Ellen Wexler, and Don Hawk, “I Want to Become Architecture,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed October 19, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1805.

Title

I Want to Become Architecture

Description

This is a brick wall that extends out from the nearby student housing building, Adams Hall, with the shape of Allan Wexler's body embedded into it.

The project cost $78,425 and was designed by Allan and Ellen Wexler from New York. The Wexlers hired local mason Don Hawk and his Brick-It Co. to lay and cut the brick. Allan Wexler had created a project of the same name in 2002, using sheet rock and wood.

On his website (link in Sources), Wexler calls the piece "a portrait of the artist in and as his work," and writes that, "The work begins as architecture, breaking free of the brick wall of the residence hall. It then extends out to function as sidewalk, as abstract forms, as bench and as artist portrait." Wexler also writes about why they chose brick, when neither had worked with it before, with one reason being the importance of brick manufacturing in the history of Ohio.

The artists encourage students and visitors to use and interact with the piece. It's located between Nelson Commons and Adams Hall and can be accessed by walking around the side of Adams and through the garage.

Date

2008

Source

Athens News Staff. (2008, September 8.) Sculptors say new Adams Hall sculpture meant to be enjoyed. Athens News.
https://www.athensnews.com/news/local/sculptors-say-new-adams-hall-sculpture-meant-to-be-enjoyed/article_e4a86b01-462a-5ae6-9ead-409b75c28017.html
Allen Wexler's webpage on I Want to Become Architecture
http://www.allanwexlerstudio.com/projects/brick-i-want-become-architecture

Format

Identifier

1805

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Location County

Location Site

Location Street

63 South Green Drive

Installation Date

2008

Creation Date

2008