UH Hilo dedicates Makali`i sculpture

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Date: Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A dedication ceremony was held today for the Makali`i sculpture located at the gateway entrance to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus. The ceremonial structure was created by artist Albert Paley to celebrate the identity, mission and purpose of the University through its various elements and symbolism.

The sculpture is based on traditional and historic Hawaiian structures, which symbolize important events like harvests, ceremonial gatherings, fishing rites and burial sites to create a sense of place and identity.

Paley’s work incorporates various cultural references to capture the character and unique qualities of the Hawaiian culture and its people. The predominant vertical element is a seagoing canoe, while the stylized stainless steel forms closest to the sky projects celestial images, representing traditional Polynesian navigation and the various mythologies associated with that experience.

Through the use of its various elements, the Makali`i composition draws a parallel between the identity and historic evolution of the host culture and the educational odyssey and transformation brought about through the University experience.

Paley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1944. He earned both Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and is a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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