Woolsey Hall’s first sculpture is unveiled

Woolsey Hall has unveiled its first sculpture to join the Ulrich Museum of Art’s world-class Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Lumen, the cast bronze sculpture of a horse created initially out of found wood, stands near the serene pond that stretches around the southern wall of Woolsey Hall.

The art serves as a focal point for all visitors to the landscaped public space. The sculpture was created by renowned American sculptor Deborah Butterfield and is her first piece on public display in the state.

Butterfield is known for her work depicting horses made from found objects. Lumen, which means “light” in Latin, was carefully created using sticks and found pieces of wood, cast in bronze, reassembled, and welded together. Its calm and peaceful presence is intended to provide opportunities for individual reflection and conversation for all who visit.

Butterfield’s work can be found in dozens of public collections, including numerous major American museums.