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Art Student Creates Temporary Sculpture Outside Hughes-Trigg in Support of Student Giving Campaign

For one week only, April 11-18, students can paper a giant cube with reasons to give to SMU

A giant, colorful wooden cube has appeared this week in front of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Sculptor Alisha Driggers, B.F.A. ’11 - Art, was commissioned by the central alumni office at SMU to create the 7-foot by 7-foot work as part of a student giving campaign titled Impact SMU, Students Helping Students. The cube will be up through Monday, April 18, to play a part in the campaign, which is sponsored by The Union, a student fundraising organization.

On Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14, Union members will be asking their classmates across campus to give a gift to support the student giving campaign.  They’ve created a list of reasons (both serious and humorous) why every student’s gift is important and how it could make an impact. This list is on t-shirts, cups, and screens that are being passed out across campus. The list includes such reasons as putting money towards future scholarship offers, increasing campus safety, providing more treadmills and elliptical machines for the Dedman Center, and even “replacing the janky potties in the Fondren Library.” Students will have an opportunity to fill out a piece of paper with the reason they want to give back to SMU, and they will be asked to stick that piece of paper on the cube created by Alisha. Organizers hope this interactive project will help raise awareness of the campaign and encourage participation.

"Whether someone can give $5 or $50, Impact SMU, Students Helping Students creates an opportunity for SMU students to give back to SMU," said Haley Nelson, president of The Union. "Every dollar counts towards bettering the university."

Alisha said she was delighted to receive the commission and particularly enjoys working on sculptures with wood as the medium. "Through the repetition of a simple and straightforward working process, I allow myself the freedom to get lost in the work," she said. "I am interested in arranging spaces, particularly in a temporary setting. While sculpture is conscious of permanence, I try to create installations that are temporary and reflect the nature of the material or object I am referencing. I typically use found wood, usually leftovers from a construction site or an old fence, but for the sake of this project, and people posting notes onto the frame, I used construction grade wood."

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