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Student Bodies

Pennsylvania College of Technology Art Installations

 

1914 Centennial 2014

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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Inscription.  

As part of the yearlong Centennial celebration at Pennsylvania College of Technology, three large-scale installations were created by artists with the help of students to enrich the outdoor environment of the campus.

Metal sculptor and Penn College welding instructor Michael Patterson worked with students to create an installation of life-size, abstract human forms. The welding students had the chance to couple their technical skills with their creative energy in the fabrication of the sculptures; the collaboration of technology and art generated a fresh, new energy in the welding labs. The sculptures are made entirely of material harvested from scrap metal from the welding shop.

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I sometimes wonder how, in the past 100 years, this institution has changed the lives of others as it has mine.

I live close by, and in the mid-1970s, I wanted to be a draftsman, so Williamsport Area Community College was the obvious choice to pursue that. I enrolled, and I like it. While touring the other shops during an open house, I passed through the doorway of the welding shop. At that moment, my career - and my entire life path,

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
2. Student Bodies Marker
Looking south
for that matter - changed forever. Welding became my life's focus. To this day, that remains so.

I'm thankful for what this school taught me, and I'm thankful I'm now in a position where I can share that with others.

"Student Bodies" is a celebratory mix of young imaginations and recycled steel. For most of the welders participating in this project, this was the first time they'd had the opportunity to work with metal outside the boundaries of function and precision. This "loosening of the rules" encouraged them to look at both the materials and their abilities differently. For a lot of them, it was an awakening of their very own, undiscovered creativity.

The raw materials and the student designs informed the final pieces. It was a very organic process and method of working. The enthusiasm and participation of the students was unexpected. Their welding skills improved markedly when they saw their creations come to life. It got them excited about being part of history here at Penn College.
- Michael Patterson

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Above:
Michael Patterson works with student artists in the welding lab.

At Right: A few visuals offer a senses of the creative spirit and spark that was ignited throughout the nearly one-year "Student Bodies" creation process. More than 60 students in several classes participated in the project,

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
3. Student Bodies Sculptures
producing a parade of life-sized, human forms walking - and evolving - as they move through the heart of the Penn College campus.

[School's centennial timeline]
1914 - Williamsport Area School District Adult Education

1941 - Williamsport Technical Institute

1965 - Williamsport Area Community College

1989 - Pennsylvania College of Technology
 
Erected 2014 by Pennsylvania College of Technology.
 
Location. 41° 14.223′ N, 77° 1.576′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Susquehanna Street, on the right when traveling east on 3rd Street. Marker and one series of sculptures are southwest of Bardo Gymnasium, on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport PA 17701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bardo Gymnasium (within shouting distance of this marker); Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Hager Lifelong Education Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Klump Academic Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Carl Building Technologies Center (about

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
4. Student Bodies Sculptures
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Centennial Mosaic (about 400 feet away); Le Jeune Chef (about 500 feet away); College Avenue Labs (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Also see . . .  A Celebration for the Centuries. (Submitted on July 28, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
16. Identical Student Bodies Marker
Near south end of the former Susquehanna Street pedestrian walkway
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
17. Identical Student Bodies Marker
Looking north along the former Susquehanna Street pedestrian walkway
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 28, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 23, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on August 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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