Sculpture by renowned artist installed at UF Law

Published: August 30th, 2010

Category: News

A sculpture by internationally renowned American artist John Van Alstine was installed this past summer on the UF Law campus. Marty Margulies, whose gift to the 2005 law school renovation project was the largest single contribution for that project, chose and donated the sculpture to the law school from his extensive private art collection.

“Marty is a prominent real-estate developer, major national and international art collector and supporter of the arts, and a philanthropist of extraordinary generosity,” UF Law Dean Robert Jerry said. “This sculpture is a famous work of art, and a welcome addition to the landscape of our campus.”

The piece — entitled “BroadReach” — is located on the northwest portion of campus in Margulies Park, which was named for Margulies in recognition of his earlier contribution.

“It was fun siting the sculpture, and I know John Van Alstine would be thrilled with its application,” said Margulies, who traveled to Gainesville to help situate the massive object.

The sculpture is a large abstract metal and stone structure that twists and turns toward the sky, striking a distinct pose at the college.

“BroadReach” brings together old and modern materials for a unique and brand-new creation; a good fit for the study of law, where older ideas must often be built upon with newer and more modern ideas as society continues to evolve.

The abstract nature of the piece also falls in place with the other abstract works of art on the law school campus: “Cause and Effect,” “The Executive,” “The Legislator” and “The Jurist.”

Van Alstine’s art is displayed in prominent museums around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Portugal. He was also one of 25 non-Chinese artists whose work was chosen for display in the Beijing Olympic Park.

Margulies has donated other works from his collection to the UF’s Harn Museum, including the “Hammering Man at 2,938,405” at the museum’s entrance.