Oklahoma Baptist University held a dedication ceremony Friday, Oct. 7, for a new campus art project located on the southwest corner of Kickapoo and MacArthur. The project includes three life-sized Bison metal Bison sculptures, a new OBU sign, a new brick structure housing the sign and Bison, and landscaping that harkens to the prairie.
Dr. Will Smallwood, senior vice president for advancement and university relations, opened the ceremony. Danny Overland, Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) commissioner for District 3, offered remarks as well.
Randy Smith, executive vice president for business and administrative services, then gave an overview of the project, from concept to finished product. Next, OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock offered a few remarks and expressed the University’s gratitude for those making the project a reality. OBU Board of Trustee vice chairwoman Danna Humphreys closed the ceremony in prayer.
The sculptures were created by Pennsylvania artist Bill Secunda using his signature technique of thousands of welded masonry nails, giving the appearance of fur on the animals. Secunda is known for creating sculptures of all sizes from detailed insects to massive animals, striving for realism and implied movement. He named the new work “Virtus,” meaning valor, excellence, character, courage and worth.