One of the exceedingly beautiful and tall structures in the RIT campus that cannot be missed is The Sentinel situated in the middle of the vast campus area. The thoughtfully designed structure is a definite watch for everyone who walks past it. The Sentinel was built by the famous sculptor, Albert Paley. This design marks as one of the fond artifacts of RIT and will always be renowned for its intellectual display of the culmination of art and technology.
The sculpture looked so artistic that it made me stand there and gaze at it endlessly. Although, I didn’t quite understand the actual reason behind having such a tall structure in the heart of the campus that served no purpose. The scene is quite a delight to watch but what is the point of having it in the middle of the campus that doesn’t provide the students any benefit? Somewhere it looked like a hindrance amidst the walkway.
This structure is associated with the concept of Energia which talks about giving pleasure to the eyes and providing strong significance through its visual depiction. The design is surely exhaustive as it is open to too many interpretations. From one side, it looks like a combination of gigantic geometric instruments such as a ruler, protractor, theodolite and so on. And on the other side it looks like a new technological innovation that probably sends and receives signals. The structure is so carefully built that you wouldn’t notice any particular shape repeating in any side. It gives different views from different sides. The heavy use of steels and stainless steels above the wooden base definitely makes it an abstract creation that evokes a sense of wonder.
However, that’s not it. While I stood there looking endlessly, I was wondering the real purpose behind this construct. I don’t dislike art, but logically speaking when we are investing a huge amount of time, energy, and money we might want to put it to some good use. The lower part which is positioned in the middle of the campus could have been a seating area or a cafe or a glass room to just relax or even a coke booth. At least, that way there is a purpose behind this alluring sight
Reference – https://ritpedia.rit.edu/The_Sentinel