The Brink debuts at East Campus

The Brink & students wearing 50th anniv shirts
BHC East Campus students Courtney Coffman, Addie Shotts and Brittany Luttrell in front of the Brink sculpture.

Black Hawk College invites the community to a celebration of the new Brink sculpture at the East Campus.

The e4e Brink Sculpture Dedication will be Monday, Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Brink.

The Brink sculpture was installed Aug. 18 at the East Campus by the Building A atrium near the main entrance to campus.

The stainless steel sculpture includes nearly 100 icons representing past and present East Campus academic programs and extracurricular activities. Sculptor Duke Oursler, an assistant professor of art at Western Illinois University, designed and created the massive artwork.

“Upon physically entering the campus and passing by the sculpture, students and faculty are crossing a metaphorical threshold to the future,” Oursler said. “They are stepping beyond the ‘brink’ of their current knowledge and exploring new ideas and possibilities.”

At night, the sculpture is illuminated with colored lights that project the icons onto the ground. To see the Brink at night, watch this Facebook video.

The 2014-16 e4e (Employees for Education) Employee Giving Campaign committees raised more than $21,000 for the sculpture. Donors included college employees, retirees and trustees and BHC East Foundation Board members.