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College Students to Finish Jesús Moroles’ Final Work

Moroles_USAOAfter sculptor Jesús Moroles was killed in a car crash in June, students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO)—the “college for the curious mind”—are working hard to complete his final large-scale project, Coming Together Park, reports Hyperallergic.

As OSAO’s first artist-in-residence, Rockport, TX-based Moroles designed the park as a hands-on experience for the students, as well as a permanent public art space. He taught the students the art of working with granite and, along with faculty and volunteers, they are now refining the last elements of the park, At almost an acre in size, the park has serpentine stone paths, an arroyo for rain, and circular patterns surrounding trees that echo the college campus’s distinctive ovals and curves.

In May, Moroles told the Oklahoma-based Oxford Karma that with USAO he was “trying to fulfill one of my lifelong goals: to create public spaces” and to get people “to take ownership, work on and create the space. Encourage them to make things that cross borders, culture, and gender.”

(Photo via USAO)

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