Volume 90, Issue 91

Tuesday, March 18, 1997

Golden Mean



Saskatchewan artist Douglas Bentham came to a hostile Western campus this week in 1979 to lay the groundwork for his University Community Centre's outdoor sculpture.

Bentham said he was aware many students thought the $35,000 sculpture was a waste of money but the cost had to be seen in terms of the time he devoted to the project.

The artist said he was prepared for the possibility that his work would be defaced and vandalized once it was erected.

"I've always thought that if you want something abused you put it on a university campus. Once it's erected, it's yours. If it's destroyed I suppose I'll be upset but no more upset than you should be."

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