If you have been part of the Samuel Merritt University (SMU) community for more than a few years, you may remember that the universalis centralis, the polished stainless steel outdoor sculpture used as the University's logo, was found at the entrance of the Health Education Center on the Oakland campus. The statue was designed to reflect the ever-changing world of health care in which we and our graduates serve, and symbolizes change, growth, and learning.
The sculpture was removed from its previous location in front of the Health Education Center (HEC) in September, 2010, due to construction. It has since been stored in Emeryville, at Norton Fine Art Handling. Today, May 30, 2013, the statue returned to campus and has been installed in its new location in front of the Peralta Medical Office Building (PMOB).
"It is important that it now lives next to the front door of the Peralta Medical Office Building," said Lillian Harvin, Director of Facilities. "It serves as a landmark. This is the first place that our students visit on campus."
The PMOB houses SMU's admissions, financial aid, campus service center, enrollment and student services, student health and counseling, the business office and the registrar.
The universalis centralis was created by Jerome Kirk in 1986, and is signed by the artist at its base. It is approximately 14 feet by 9 feet and weighs 1500 lbs. The rings of steel move, powered by the wind.
The artist lives locally and has been invited to view the statue in its new location.
View photos of the installation here.