Sunday, October 30, 2011

A New Rice Owl

by Robert Boyd

I was walking to my class the other day and I saw that Rice had just installed a new sculpture on campus.

Geoffrey Dashwood
Geoffrey Dashwood, Monumental Barn Owl, bronze, 2011

On one hand, a statue of an owl at Rice seems kind of corny. On the other hand, that is one handsome owl. Geoffrey Dashwood is an English sculptor who specializes in sculpting highly streamlined birds like this. This is right next to the Rice chapel, close to Fondren library.

Geoffrey Dashwood
Geoffrey Dashwood, Monumental Barn Owl, bronze, 2011

I also like that they chose a barn owl (which is not the kind of owl that Rice usually uses to represent itself). Barn owls are elegant and sleek-looking, with spooky, minimalist faces. They are the freakiest looking owls, as you can see in this famous gif:

creepy barn owls

Happy Halloween!


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