When you first come to RIT, chances are you will encounter this massive seventy-three foot tall sculpture. The Sentinel is one of the staple art pieces on RIT’s campus and while at first glance, it seems like a mash up of twisted metal but upon closer examination, some have seen the image of a man on a horse. Regardless of whether you see the horse or not, one cannot help but to pause even for a moment to observe this giant sculpture.
I fell that using the metal with the large bolts showing and even the gear shaped object on the right of the statue is very symbolic of RIT. It is very industrial and concidering the nature of our institute being tech oriented it seems to be a very fitting piece to bb near campus center. The base color seem to blend in with the surrounding brick building and the silver does a nice job giving it the metallic industrial look.
I think this art piece has a significant impact on campus. It is so tall and is located right in line with the main entrance it would be hard not to notice it standing there. Because of its size and location, it can serve as a meetup point and it is a great symbol of school pride even. Although it is a large statue, the base was clearly designed to be open so that people can pass underneath it. Because of this design, I would not label it an intrusive piece to the space.