Wise… With Great Potential

New Artworks Installed in Jindal School Courtyards

Wise the Owl
Wise, a newly acquired sculpture for the Jindal Art collection, has come to roost in the courtyard of the main building.

Two pieces by Dallas artist Brad Oldham recently acquired for the Jindal Art Collection were installed in the school’s courtyards October 8.

Wise, a mirrored stainless steel owl a half-inch taller than three feet, was mounted on a cement pedestal in the courtyard outside the atrium of the main building. Great Potential, three bronze acorns, were anchored beneath a tree in the courtyard of the school’s new addition.

Oldham, an award-winning sculptor perhaps best known locally for The Traveling Man – Walking Tall, a 38-foot-tall whimsical steel sculpture near the Deep Ellum DART station, did much of the installation work himself.

Brad Oldham
Dallas sculptor Brad Oldham was a hands-on supervisor at the installations.

Oldham’s sculptures join a growing number of works acquired by the Jindal School and put on display within the school. Both Wise and Great Potential were featured an evening art event at the school last April. Creators of most of the acquired pieces are based in the DFW area, and they will be invited to the grand opening of the school’s new building addition on December 1 at 3:45 p.m. A ribbon cutting and speeches by UT Dallas administrators and JSOM Dean Hasan Pirkul will be highlights of the event, which will include self-guided tours of the new addition. Cake, snacks and a “signature drink” from the Jason’s Deli soon to open on the first floor in the new facility will be served. Check Comet Calendar listings for more details.

Screech Owl
A screech owl in a courtyard oak kept watch on installation proceedings.

Onlookers were happy to observe a live screech owl watching the installation of the acorns from an oak tree in on the north end of the new courtyard.