I am shocked! I was up at Temple University in Philadelphia earlier this week dropping off my daughter and when I was explaining the beautiful statue of the Red Owl at Alumni Circle on Liacouras Walk to another parent when I noticed it has been removed! I love this wonderful marble work by Beniamino Bufano and the fact that it was part of an installation that included an acoustic wall that had been specially designed to show off the properties of sound reflection. The statue was dedicated in 1988 and now, under 30 years later it has disappeared!
In its place there now stands a larger, more sinister looking owl with outstretched wings. It was still attached to its supporting crane this week so it must have been a recent change. I can find no mention of what has happened to Bufano’s classic – I hope it is relocated but it is a shame it was moved in the first place. I will miss it.
I graduated from Temple in 1985 so never saw it. Someone cryptically claimed that it was rumored that Liacouris disliked it, but he hasn’t been president for years so don’t know why that would matter. I like the deceptively simple lines of the sculpture. Hope you track it down, Richard!
I haven’t found out anything yet. I would assume that it has been moved somewhere as it is valuable, but where?