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Richard Zagrzecki
Communications Coordinator

'Snake Is Out' Sculpture on Loan to University for Five Years

'Snake Is Out' Sculpture on Loan to University for Five Years

Houston, Nov. 13, 2015 — Nestled in the grassy area on the south side of the Fine Arts building sits a massive black steel structure with an oddly unique shape.

The six-ton object is the latest addition to the University of Houston System's public art collection and is on loan from The Menil Collection for the next five years.

The abstract piece, which was finished in 1974 by American artist Tony Smith, is called "The Snake is Out." Its installation on the UH campus, which took place Sept. 24, was no easy task, requiring a team of workers and a crane to get it settled into place.

Michael Guidry, curator of the University of Houston System Public Art Collection, said the sculpture is a welcome addition to campus and provides an interesting view for pedestrians passing by on their way to and from work and class.

"We are excited to have this Tony Smith sculpture on loan from such a prestigious institution like The Menil and honored they'd entrust us with such an important artwork," Guidry said.

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