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December 11, 2009

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Outdoor sculpture installed at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Joining Jonathan Borofsky’s Hammering Man at 2,938,405 and Celeste Roberge’s Stacked Chairs, Plunge is the latest outdoor sculpture to be placed on display at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza. The Harn Museum of Art installed the outdoor sculpture today on the east side of the museum.

“We are deeply grateful to our friends Steve and Carol Shey for sharing this magnificent bronze sculpture by Bryan Hunt with the Harn and our audiences,” said Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn Museum of Art. “The installation of Plunge helps us to advance our goal of making the Cultural Plaza an exciting place for people to spend time outdoors as well as inside the museums and performing arts center."

Evoking the form of a waterfall, the large-scale, bronze sculpture depicts cascading water settling into a pool at the base of the work.

Plunge was created by American artist Bryan Hunt. Hunt, who worked as a technical assistant at the Kennedy Space Center in the late 1960s, is now an internationally known sculptor. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the White House.

The work is on loan from local collectors Carol and Steve Shey and will be on display for approximately six months.

For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Founded in 1990, the Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The Harn contributes to an interconnected, international community by integrating the arts and culture into curricula throughout the university’s system of colleges and centers. Its holdings include nearly 7,000 works in five collecting areas: Asian art, African art, photography, modern art of the Americas and Europe, and contemporary art. In addition to rotating installations drawn from its permanent collection, the Harn organizes traveling exhibitions, public lectures, panel discussions, academic symposia and educational programs for adults, students and children. In 2011, the Harn will open the 26,000-square-foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, which will feature two levels of galleries, curatorial and conservation space, and a series of outdoor Asian gardens.

The Harn Museum, at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in Gainesville, Fla., is part of the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza, which is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month for Museum Nights. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

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