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Student sculptures on display at Cuesta College's SLO campus

"Money Shark" by Steven Pace is among the student sculptures on display at Cuesta College's San Luis Obispo campus.
"Money Shark" by Steven Pace is among the student sculptures on display at Cuesta College's San Luis Obispo campus. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

A shark, a wooden shack and a towering giraffe with a human face are among the sculptures scattered around Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo campus.

According to Cuesta art instructor Margaret Korisheli, more than 30 students created site-specific pieces that could be assembled quickly and inexpensively.

They were installed Dec. 11. Most will remain standing through Wednesday.

Students in two beginning sculpture classes collaborated on group projects: “Alternative Selves,” featuring playful silhouettes of butterflies, gymnasts and sword fighters, and “The Giving Trees,” which has inspirational phrases dangling from branches.

The former was the brainchild of San Luis Obispo resident Elizabeth Guzman, who is studying childhood development. She hopes students cramming at the library, where “Alternative Selves” is installed, will be reminded of “what’s coming up after the finals.”

In addition, eight intermediate sculpture students created works.

Aaron Byers and Vincent Cordelle constructed “Manraffe” using aluminum rods, duct tape, cardboard and spray paint.

Cordelle described the 25-foot-tall beast as “a quiet observer who takes from the earth (only) what he needs.” “People should listen and observe more,” the San Luis Obispo art major explained.

Los Osos resident and fine arts student Steven Pace said he created “Money Shark,” which features a wood-and-plaster fish swimming through grass strewn with fake bills, as a humorous commentary on capitalism.

Other pieces on display include Doug Shore’s “Casa del Hobo,” a structure inspired by homelessness, and Simon Tomassian’s “Privacy vs. National Security,” which features security cameras placed in a men’s restroom.

Korisheli said Cuesta students typically do public sculpture installations every December and May.

“Our job is to open the doors to students and introduce them to new things, and I feel this project does that,” she said.

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