Minnesota State Mankato’s Memorial Library Displaying Student-Created, Environment-Themed Sculpture Piece Throughout 2023-24 Academic Year

August 25, 2023 | Arts & Entertainment

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Memorial Library is displaying a sculpture piece, “Corruption (2023),” that was created by Abby Lundebrek, a May 2023 graduate of Minnesota State Mankato, over three months during her senior year.

“Corruption (2023)” will be displayed throughout the 2023-24 academic year near the Dr. Mary T. Dooley Map Library on Memorial Library’s first floor. Viewing is free to the public during open library hours.

Lundebrek said “Corruption (2023)” was designed to show the veil through which we see our environment.

Lundebrek said she created the “Corruption (2023)” sculpture out of everyday trash and other materials manipulated into unrecognizable forms and then added recognizable found objects to the sculpture, including artificial turf and a playground dome.

Lundebrek said her goal as an artist is to seamlessly meld found objects into fabricated ones, where the viewer cannot tell what is bought and what is created.

In her artist statement, Lundebrek asserts that “creating an other-worldly landscape ‘Corruption’ comes off as this beautiful voluptuous landscape that tingles the senses. As you take a closer look, you start to notice everything is made of plastic, the rivers look oily, and there is an abandoned windmill within the canyon-scape.” Lundebrek explains that “our world is absolutely stunning but when taking a closer look, the colors fade, the garbage is present, the trees are being cut, and cities are being built. The only way that we as humans can continue to breathe in our beautiful world, is if we start to lift this veil and act.”

Lundebrek, who graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in sculpture, plans to pursue a master of arts degree in sculpture at Minnesota State Mankato.

For more information about the art display, please contact Evan Rusch, reference librarian at Minnesota State Mankato, by email at evan.rusch@mnsu.edu or by phone at 507-389-2460.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Creative Arts is part of the University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.

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