"Thirty Blocks" Art Installation

Title

"Thirty Blocks" Art Installation

Description

The story of a hidden clay installation called "Thirty Blocks" by visual artist Virginia Maksymowicz — a former UCSD graduate student from the class of 1977 — has survived for almost 40 years.

On May 10, 1970, a UCSD undergraduate, George Winne Jr., doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire in the middle of Revelle Plaza. Winne was the fourth incident of self-immolation that year in California higher education. A couple years after Winne's death, undergraduates in Michael Todd's Environmental Sculpture class established the George Winne Jr. Memorial Grove, in which Maksymowicz's "Thirty Blocks" is located (Polachek, 2013).

Source

Polachek, Emily. (2013, May 28). History Set in "Thirty Blocks" of Clay. The UCSD Guardian, 46(57). Retrieved from https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb4267826j
Image: Szeto, Alwin (Photographer). (2013, May 28). History Set in "Thirty Blocks" of Clay.  The UCSD Guardian, 46(57). Retrieved from https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb4267826j

Date

1976

Coverage

1960s - 1980s

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