It’s the season for donkeys and elephants, so what’s an oversized bentwood duck doing on the front lawn of Mercyhurst University?
The bright yellow, orange and pink bird, reminiscent of a child’s pull toy, has the university community quacking with curiosity.
The artsy duck, juxtaposed against the university’s classic architecture and finely manicured landscaping, is an attention-grabber – just as it was intended to be, said Erie artist David Seitzinger who, with fellow artist Gary Cacchione, created the piece at the behest of the committee organizing the Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards held recently in Erie.
The duck made its debut at the awards pre-party at Erie Insurance and was moved to Mercyhurst to herald the beginning of the Seventh Annual Friends of Mercyhurst Art Show curated by Mary Gamble, wife of Mercyhurst President Dr. Tom Gamble.
“When you drive on to campus and see the duck against the beautiful architecture of Old Main, you know there must be some art to see inside that building,” Seitzinger said.
The “Friends” exhibit runs today through March 31 on the first-floor of Old Main. It features 103 pieces by 60 artists available for public viewing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while school is in session. Group tours are welcome; please call 824-2311 to make arrangements.