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Unity College to Feature Sculpture of Wally Warren in Leonard R. Craig Memorial Art Gallery

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Unity, Maine – October, 2011 –  Unity College presents The Art of Recycle featuring found object assemblages by sculptor Wally Warren.

     Works by Warren will be featured from October 27 through November 30 in the Leonard R. Craig Memorial Gallery at Unity College, Founders Hall South, 90 Quaker Road, Unity, Maine.

     The Public is invited to an Opening Reception to meet the artist and view this current  installation on Thursday, October  27, from 4-5:30 PM.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 1-5 pm.

     Visitors will experience Wally Warren’s City of Dreams. A sculptural series of colorful installations created from discarded  objects  recycled and transformed into imaginative cityscapes seen from an Ariel perspective. Wally Warren searches local recycling centers [AKA the local town  Dump} for fascinating materials that inspire his creations. He is a collector of artifacts from our modern day culture where innovations in technology create more and more obsolete objects each day.  These are the building blocks of Warren’s art  His most recent creations will be installed on the Unity Campus  made of recycled brightly painted satellite dish units.

     “Technology has unleashed a multitude of raw material for my use,” Warren said. “Discarded computers, televisions, and plastic toys have become key elements for my microcosms of our sprawling landscape.”

     A fascination with objects form the basis of Warren’s work.

     “A childhood desire to become an architect propelled me towards the "hands on" building of model cities, and towers,” Warren said. “I'd never thought of myself as a sculptor, even as a youth constructing detailed model railroads and cityscapes. One semester in engineering school, however, convinced me that there was no formula for my visions. My own hand and eye would dictate the fanciful, tactile world which I might inhabit; and so, I became (am becoming) an artist. It's ongoing and growing as my work becomes a metaphor for the "stuff" encrusting the urban environment.”

     Warren will be on hand for the opening reception on October 27.  He welcomes interaction with visitors, who are encouraged to bring an interesting object of technology with them.  It might inform a future work by the artist.

     Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education which emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.

    In 2011, Unity College was named to the top 30 of the Washington Monthly college rankings, and was one of eighteen U.S. colleges and universities named to The Princeton Review’s 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll.

Monday, October 31, 2011