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December 01, 2014

New landmark embellishes University of Minnesota campus

Enormous 3-piece sculpture donated by Securian installed outside McNamara Alumni Center

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A monumental work of art was painstakingly installed in the heart of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus yesterday.

The three piece sculpture entitled “One, Two, Three” sits in the Gateway Plaza in front of McNamara Alumni Center. Large cranes set the 9,200-pound artwork in place Monday.

Securian Financial Group donated it to the University’s Weisman Art Museum last year. It was commissioned in 1979 for display in Securian’s then-new headquarters in downtown St. Paul and sat there for more than 30 years. Thousands of people will see the sculpture every day at its new home at the University.

The sculptor who created “One, Two, Three,” Tony Smith, is considered one of the most influential American artists of the 20th Century. He reached international fame in 1967 when he was featured on TIME magazine’s cover as “Master of the Monumentalists.” His works are displayed in prestigious institutions around the world including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Restoration and preparation for life in the harsh Minnesota environment began shortly after the artwork was removed from Securian’s headquarters last winter. After the surface was cleaned, the metal received several coats of paint to protect it from moisture, salt and chemicals.

"The University of Minnesota Foundation and McNamara Alumni Center are delighted to provide a home for this important work of contemporary art," said Kathy Schmidlkofer, president and CEO of the foundation. "Securian's generous gift is placed to echo the artist's idea of 'continuance,' where each individual work is derived from the previous one. It’s a fitting notion for a community dedicated to discovery."

“One, Two, Three” joins the substantial collection of public art at the University of Minnesota. More than fifty works are viewable every day across the East Bank, West Bank and St. Paul campus.

About Securian Financial Group

Since 1880, Securian Financial Group and its affiliates have provided financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. Now one of the nation’s largest financial services providers, Securian is the holding company parent of a group of companies that offer a broad range of financial services.

About The Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum, located at 333 East River Road, Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus, has been a teaching museum for the university since 1934. Education remains central to the museum’s mission to create art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformation, linking the University and the community. Admission to exhibition galleries is always free.

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