'Ominous Ikon #6 and Yaddo Study'
Designed to represent the mushroom clouds the artists witnessed during nuclear testing.
Two nuclear-themed sculptures sit nested in Babson College’s Wellesley campus. These two pieces stand covertly without a placard or information other than the artist’s name and year, “Kowal ‘76” welded in.
These two pieces—”Ominous Ikon #6 and Yaddo Study”—are pieces by prominent sculptor Dennis Kowal. Kowal’s sculptures are created at the intersection of science and technology, and these two pieces are no exception.
Kowal’s sculptures are designed to resemble mushroom clouds, capturing their terror and beauty. Kowal references the terror he felt as a child watching a test explosion in a movie theatre and wants these pieces to capture that same feeling.
As Kowal himself said, “The pieces are solid, they will outlive all of us.”
Know Before You Go
Located behind Kriebel Hall, Ominous Ikon #6 and Yaddo Study are easily accessible, with public parking in Trim and Knight parking lots.
Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders.
Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders.Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook