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Water and Oil

From October 26 to October 31, 2009,  Roger Feldman worked with sculpture students and art faculty, under the supervision of Professor Robert Alsobrook, to create a collaborative piece called Water and Oil that is located on the college green outside of Metcalf.

Water and Oil at Taylor University

Roger Feldman and Taylor students construct Water and Oil outside of Metcalf.

Water and Oil comes from Feldman’s series called Pivots, which includes ten maquettes created for large-scale installations.  This was Feldman’s comment on the series and the original piece (provided from the 100 page Charis catalog, available for purchase by clicking here):

Inside Water and Oil at Taylor University

Are you willing to look inside?

“All maquettes are scaled to the human being so that one can walk into these pieces when they are built to full size, encounter an experience in the interior, and then exit…All speak to religious similarities or differences and all have inner experiences that can only be gained if one chooses to enter inside. There is information that can be gathered from outside but once inside it is often quite a different experience.”

Water and Oil

Water and Oil located at Taylor University

What does it mean?

“[Water and Oil] alludes to the economic and cultural conflicts that are present in any society…There is a tension between that which sustains us spiritually and the realities of economic and cultural development. The television is playing game shows, sit-coms, and dramas. The color scheme refers to the major world religions and nature with one of the exterior walls painted with sky-blue naturalistic images of clouds heightening this potential clash of values.”

Taylor University’s interaction with Roger Feldman’s art, along with interviews with the community of creators on how the process has affected them, will be captured here. For more information on the Visual Arts program at Taylor University, click here.


Please click here to view the documentary project Taylor students are producing to capture the collaboration and creation of this artwork.

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