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Vulcan's Anvil sculpture, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vulcan's Anvil

March's I Spy revealed

by Sally Bjork

From the April, 2010 issue

"I Spy 'Vulcan's Anvil' on North Campus," writes Alex Cao. "Who knows why Spock needs a hammer in the 24th Century?" Who indeed, but in the twentieth century Vulcan's Anvil, by an unknown artist and dated 1904, "was used as part of the initiations of a secret engineering society," writes Jana Valdez. It's located "just outside the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) building," writes Brian Rumao. "I pass it every day while walking to engineering classes!" "It was in back of West Engineering [now West Hall]...when I was in engine school (50s)," writes Tom Jameson.

Phyllis Valentine adds: "The shadowy white sculpture in the background is called 'Summaries of Arithmetic Through Dust, Including Writing Not Yet Printed' Alice Aycock." This gift of the Engineering Class of 1933 was donated in 1992 and, according to the artist, incorporates elements of scientific drawings of the universe, including the scattering of particles.

Thirty-two entrants spied Vulcan's Anvil and Aycock's Summaries. Ellen Willson won our random drawing; she'll bring her $25 gift certificate to Downtown Home and Garden.

To enter April's contest, see the "Back Page" in the April print issue, use the clue and photo to find the spot shown, then follow the instructions in the box at the bottom of the page for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to any business advertising in that issue of the Observer.    (end of article)

[Originally published in April, 2010.]


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