Art installation sends Woolsey Hall into another ‘Stratosphere’

Wayne and Kay Woolsey Hall, the new home of W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University, has a dynamic new art installation, which is sure to draw the eyes of passersby.

Stratosphere (2022) — created by Hybycozo, an artist duo that includes Serge Beaulieu and Yelena Filipchuk — will welcome drivers and visitors to Woolsey Hall. As part of a collaboration between the Ulrich Museum of Art, the Barton School of Business, WSU Foundation, and WSU Facilities Planning, this piece will be the 86th piece in the Ulrich Museum’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection.

‘Stratosphere’ is a stainless-steel structure with gold powder-coating that measures 12 feet in diameter. Hybycozo stands for “Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone.” The name is an allusion to the Douglas Adams science fiction book, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and captures the artists’ shared interests in the many dimensions of geometry, natural patterns found at scales ranging from the microscopic to the cosmic, and advanced manufacturing and fabrication.