December 15, 2008


 College news

LSU honors animal rescuers with sculpture
Posted Dec. 1, 2008

Bronze statue
An artist's rendering depicts the new location of the fountain sculpture "Connections," dedicated
Nov. 6 at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Artwork installed last month on the Louisiana State University campus pays homage to individuals who help animals, particularly during natural disasters.

The university's School of Veterinary Medicine dedicated the bronze statue "Connections" Nov. 6 to honor the people who support animals in need, epitomized by the rescue, shelter, and reunification of animals in the aftermath of hurricanes. The sculptural fountain is located in the school's Milton J. Womack Serenity Garden near the entrance to the Small Animal Clinic of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The garden is landscaped by LSU landscape architecture graduate students.

"Connections" depicts a woman offering water to a thirsty cat and dog, representing the relationship and responsibility shared with domestic animals. Water spills from her left hand to her right as she reaches out to give care to animals.

The artwork, which appears on the cover of this issue, was designed by Kentucky sculptor Meg White. She took three years to complete the sculpture.

More than 80 people attended the dedication. Among them were Dean Peter Haynes, who said in a statement: "This sculpture illustrates the importance of animals in our lives, which was seen time and time again after the hurricanes as people refused to evacuate without their pets."

Dr. David Senior, associate dean for advancement and strategic initiatives, said "Connections" was dedicated to those who come to the aid of animals, which encompasses the veterinary profession.

The process for selecting the sculpture began with a request for proposals placed in prominent art magazines. Eight responses were received. A committee composed of faculty and friends of the school was formed and selected the winning proposal.