Iconic art will depict ‘Phoenix rising’ at UW-Green Bay

Update: Dedication of the sculpture “Phoenix Rising” will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Cofrin Library Circle. Chancellor Miller, Eric Arneson and artist Carl Vanderheyden are on the program to speak. 

Phoenix Sculpture

“Phoenix Rising” by Carl Vanderheyden

Come late summer, there will be a new location for visitors and members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community to hang out, and a special Phoenix to hang with. It’s a new sculpture created by regional metal artist Carl Vanderheyden.

“Our students have shared their desire for an iconic place on campus to gather and also for that signature ‘UW-Green Bay photo,'” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate, Eric E. Arneson. “This incredible work of art will serve as a focal point and sense pride pulling together the entire campus community.”

The Phoenix, of course, is a creature from Greek mythology, which regenerates every 500 years, rising from the ashes of its predecessors. At UW-Green Bay, Phoenix is always singular, meaning collectively, those who associate with the Phoenix (students, alumni, faculty, staff, fans, community members, etc.) are a collective Phoenix—and, of course, a member of the Phoenix family.

The location for the piece will be in a newly landscaped area in the center of the Cofrin Library circle on the Green Bay Campus. Details of an installation and celebration will be forthcoming. In the meantime, this video gives a sneak peek of the 13-foot steel and stainless steel Phoenix, which will be able to stand hurricane-type winds, and what inspired the artist in its creation.