Once, on my long path from the parking lot through courtyards and down hallways to my office, I trailed behind an admissions tour group led by a student. I heard him say to the assemblage of parents, prospective students, and tagalong younger siblings, “Our campus isn’t very beautiful. I mean, it’s an urban school.”
Whoa there, I thought. Our campus is amazing. Indeed — domes, arches, windows, low stones walls, high ones, the river over there, surfaces, trees, groundcover, bicycle racks, and silhouettes against the sky — there is always something interesting to look at.
Last Wednesday, after a day filled with 1:1 writing conferences (6 of those) and presentation rehearsals (4 of those), I took a detour back to the parking garage to check out a new outdoor sculpture, Alchemist by Jaume Plensa, that I had noticed from across the street as I hurried back and forth on other days.
And last night, same sculpture, same impulse.
With the fence gone, we can now walk into to the “doorway” at the front of the seated figure and view the mathematical symbols from the inside out. If you live or work in the Boston/Cambridge area, it’s easy to get to the Alchemist, right across from the main building at 77 Massachusetts Avenue in plain view.
Dear Admissions Tour Guide, I’d like to ask you if I could: “Is this not beautiful?”
Favorite singer, favorite song, and the inspiration for my post’s title: “This Must Be the Place,” by the Talking Heads.