U.Va. Performance Sculpture 'Byron's Telescope' Coming to Water St. Parking Lot July 22 and 23

July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011 — The University of Virginia summer sculpture class and the University's sculpture community will offer "voyages of transformation" in "Byron's Telescope: A Performance Machine of the Rites of Passage, Involving Terror, Beauty, Death and Resurrection."

Free rides in the human-propelled performance sculpture will be offered at the Water Street Parking Lot, on the corner of Water and 1st streets, on July 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., and on July 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

"Byron's Telescope" was designed and built this spring by the sculpture community within the College of Arts & Sciences' McIntire Department of Art.

Visit the "Byron's Telescope" blog to see video of the sculpture in action and hear people's comments.

The team plans to take the performance sculpture to the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nev., where it will be on display Aug. 29 through Sept. 5. They are seeking funding through Kickstarter to transport the sculpture across the country.

The team is seeking volunteers to help with all aspects of the project. To volunteer, contact sculpture professor William Bennett at whb@virginia.edu.

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