The tradition of sculpture has expanded to encompass every material and context for the expression of ideas in space: from wood and metal to light and sound; from the microscopic to the monumental; from public to private; from real to virtual. The Stanford Sculpture Lab is an interdisciplinary studio dedicated to fostering this varied practice through a wide range of technical and conceptual methodologies. In addition to developing the technical skills of sculpture, students work outside the traditional notion of gallery exhibition, and address issues that arise in relation to public space, environment, collaboration, process,
interaction and intervention.
The Sculpture Lab includes fully equipped wood and metal shops. Wood shop equipment includes a table saw, router table, two band saws, panel saw, sliding compound miter saw, disc, belt, spindle sanders, scroll saw, and full-scale planer and jointer. Metal shop equipment includes a horizontal band saw, abrasive miter saw, stationary grinders, roller, Oxy/Acetylene torch, four MIG welders (with a range of features), and a TIG welder. These shop areas are backed up with a full complement of hand tools, layout tools, small power tools, and an industrial sewing machine.
The main studio is a flexible and open workspace filled with work tables, materials, personal storage for student work and materials, and an installation/critique room with video projection capability.
Students working in sculpture may also gain access to Stanford's Product Realization Lab where they can work with a full array of advanced fabrication technologies such as CNC machining, laser cutting, 3D printing, and much more.
Stanford students need not go far to see extraordinary sculpture. The University is home to the largest collection of Rodin sculpture outside Paris, and the campus is dotted with numerous other significant sculptures.
The Bay Area in general offers the widest possible range of exceptional work in sculpture. Whether found in the large museums in San Francisco, the smallest allternative galleries, or in public space; from the tradition of Bay Area ceramic sculpture to advanced electronics and new media, and everything in between, sculpture plays a vital role in Bay Area culture.
Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin
Photo credit: Scala / Art Resources, NY