Gordon Huether creates sculpture for new Clemson football complex


Titled ‘All In,’ Gordon Huether’s 25-ft-tall sculpture will greet fans to the new Allen Reeves Football Complex at Clemson University. Artist’s rendering courtesy of Gordon Huether

NAPA, Calif. – On December 6, 2017, Atelier InSite, a Creative Inquiry project comprised of student representatives from all five colleges at Clemson University, selected Gordon Huether to create a large-scale, site-specific sculptural public art installation for Clemson’s state-of-the-art Allen Reeves Football Complex, home of the national champions Clemson Tigers. The selection committee recognized Gordon’s significant experience working in academic settings and creating unique, innovative, meaningful and relevant artwork.

After visiting Clemson in July 2017 and meeting with project stakeholders, Gordon decided to create an elegant and aspirational installation, a concept that was inspired by the game of football but with a commanding abstracted form that would have a universal appeal. For the avid Clemson football fan, the sculpture will readily bring the sport to mind. For the uninitiated, the sculpture will be a radiant object and an iconic landmark on the Clemson campus. Titled All In, the 25-foot-tall artwork is currently being fabricated at Huether’s studio in Napa, California, and will be installed sometime in the early part of this year.

All In will be composed of aluminum and dichroic glass, gleaming, reflective and polished materials. The aerodynamic angle of the sculpture creates a sense of transformation and progress; the multi-colored pieces of dichroic glass represent the diversity and complexity of an interdependent community. Illuminated at night, the installation will energize the site and attract and engage viewers with its dazzling surfaces.

All In is intended to reflect the precepts of Clemson’s football program: striving for excellence, individual personal growth and community service.

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