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Ockham's Wedge sculpture unveiled at Lawrence Tech April 22

Release Date: April 20, 2009



WHAT: The dedication and unveiling of "Ockham's Wedge," the new sculpture by Beverly Pepper prominently at the center of the campus quadrangle at Lawrence Technological University. "Ockham's Wedge" is more than 20 feet tall and weighs 1,500 pounds.  

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. A reception in the A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center begins at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, in the Taubman Student Services Center, which is in building #5 on the campus map at this (link).

WHO: The sculpture has been donated to Lawrence Tech by A. Alfred Taubman, who attended the university in the 1940s. He is scheduled to attend the ceremony. Pepper is a leading American sculptor known for her large steel sculptures and totem figures. The sculpture's name refers to William of Ockham, a 14th century English philosopher associated with Ockham's Razor, a principle of scientific inquiry that postulates that the simplest explanation is probably the best. That sounds like the modern-day KISS principle.

WHY: The sculpture will be the focal point of the quadrangle that has been redeveloped and improved following the construction of the Taubman Building, which was dedicated in 2006. Plantings, outdoor seating and environmental features have been added, including a bioswale that filters run-off water from roofs and pavement.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Livonia, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.