Artist: Hugh Lassen, Maine
Buchanan Alumni House Courtyard and South Garden
Sea Form, carved from polished Monson Slate by Hugh Lassen, reflects the artist’s desire to “create vital, life-enhancing forms.” Lassen’s abstract works allow him to leave unstated “the subtle, quiet forces that inspire us,” and the sensuality of slate allows him the creativity he desires. His other sculpting materials include white pine and basalt. Be sure to run your hands over this lovely piece, the first of the four to be placed.
Sea Form is one of four sculptures donated to the Buchanan Alumni House in honor of Nathaniel “Nat” Diamond, who — at age 43 — graduated from UMaine (’63). These approachable pieces have been carefully and thoughtfully integrated into the South Gardens of the Alumni House, allowing each work to stand on its own merits while also creating interest throughout the gardens. The pieces are of similar scale and complement one another in form and hue. Each piece was created by a sculptor based in Maine and has a plaque indicating its donor.