Baran Mickle

Bill Baran Mickle Metalsmith 98110

Paths to Greatness | State University of New York at Geneseo, New York. The Milne Library

1998
Smithed brass, copper, nickel silver with patinas, cast concrete.
7.5 ft x 7 ft diameter
Originally in front of the Milne Library,
State University of New York at Geneseo.
Now relocated inside the library’s main lobby.


[Architectural consultant: McLear Associates Architects, Rochester, NY; Base cast by: W. N. Russell and Company, New Jersey; Landscape Design: SUNY’s University Landscape Department.]

“Many have gone before you, but no one can choose your path”

[My saying for the student’s journey. One word per the 12 wedge base forms] This shows the 80% of the symbolic meanings in the sculpture. •The path students take through college years. •The fireplace that evokes the comradery of new friendships. • The smoke elements, drift up, as arrows to the seven directions. •The forces of the four primary elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. • The 12 wedge base sections are a zodiacal reference.

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