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Outdoor Sculptures on the UCSB Campus

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Three sculptures by Ernest Shaw dot the campus of UC Santa Barbara. This one is located in front of the most recognizable structure on campus, Storke Tower. Situated in the grassy lawn, next to the main bike path, it is in one of the most prized locations on campus. With tens of thousands of students biking, walking, and skateboarding within feet of the sculpture, it is one of the most seen pieces of art on campus.

Ruins VII by Ernest Shaw

Sky, Plant, Tree, Sculpture

Ruins VII by Ernest Shaw

Sky, Plant, Tree, Shade

Dr. Ernest Shaw is a self-taught sculptor, as well as a psychiatrist who practiced in Kingston, New York. He began sculpting in 1973, and this piece, Ruins VII, was completed in 1978. Steel columns and curves are welded into complex configurations that integrate equilibrium and expansion. Developed in tandem with his interests in Buddhism, meditation, and mind/body therapies, Shaw's work reflects mindfulness and challenges habitual ways of perceiving.

Ruins VII is 141 inches tall and 86 inches wide, Black painted steel, and was a gift to the Museum collection in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. Don L. Gevirtz. Accession number 1982.23

Woods, Lyn. Armor & the Man, hv1. August 17th 2017. Accessed June 15th 2021.

Shaw, Ernest. Accessed June 15th 2021.

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Photo by Julia Larson, 2021

Photo by Julia Larson, 2021