May 5, 2020 — A proposal by Christopher Novinski, an undergraduate in Studio Art: Sculpture, was selected and approved for installation at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area by the members of the Lewisville, Texas Arts Advisory Board.
Novinski's sculpture will be a large-scale steel sculpture of a bison that is made in anamorphic perspective, visible only from one vantage point, to highlight the history of bison herds in North Texas prairies. The sculpture will remain at LLELA for at least one year.
The project began in the fall of 2019, when students in the Art in Public course taught by Alicia Eggert, assistant professor, had the opportunity to propose ideas for temporary public sculptures to be installed at LLELA. Novinski's project will be funded by the CVAD Onstead Institute. Students in Eggert's fall 2020 Art in Public course will help Novinski fabricate and install the sculpture as well as create their own proposals for future public art.
Note: Anamorphosis, in the visual arts, is a perspective technique that gives a distorted image of the subject represented in a picture when seen from the usual viewpoint but so executed that if viewed from a particular angle, or reflected in a curved mirror, the distortion disappears and the image in the picture appears normal. Derived from the Greek word meaning “to transform,” the term anamorphosis was first employed in the 17th century, although this technique had been one of the more curious by-products of the discovery of perspective in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Image 1: Bison drawing by Christopher Novinski. Image 2: Christopher Novinski at work with wood sculpture.