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Sculpture on Campus

 

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An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!These lines from Kipling's poem "Mandalay" came immediately to mind when we were looking at an entire school of sculpted fish flying around a fountain statue. The fish are part of "Sunday Morning In Deep Waters" on U-M's central campus.

The fish surround a very large, very busy statue depicting the sea god Triton frolicking with his sons in the sea. The kids are happily crawling all over him like children on their parents' bed on a weekend morning. The statue was inspired by sculptor Carl Milles's own childhood.

The contrasting and conflicting ambience that is created by the placement of the frenetic Triton and his sons in the middle of Ingalls Mall, a very large and open quiet space, is formidable. A pilgrimage to Central Campus is required to experience and appreciate the statue. You can walk around the fountain or sit on nearby benches to study it from every angle. Though it's not officially condoned, generations of toddlers (and the occasional dog) have been known to wade in the fountain to get a closer look.

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