Bigyan Lama Thing with his sculpture behind him
Bigyan Lama Thing combined historic artifacts including door handles, water faucets, pool tile and gym flooring with natural reclaimed materials and an epoxy resin method to create an abstract interpretation of the Mississippi River and the Beaver Islands in his Assemblage #2076, which hangs near the south entryway to Eastman Hall.
Graphic Design student Lama Thing was the student artist chosen to produce a student art piece for Eastman Hall.
The St. Cloud State University Arts Committee chose his proposal for the piece. He took inspiration for the piece from the work of mosaic artist Stacia Goodman ’89 who created the building’s two large mosaic pieces.
He hopes students who see his work will see what art students at St. Cloud State are capable of creating.
Eastman Hall is now decorated with 45 works of art spread throughout common areas and offices in the building. The artwork is from St. Cloud State’s collections as well as contributed by alumni, students community members and others.
The first floor also includes displays of the original Eastman Hall blueprints and a smaller mosaic by Goodman.
Second floor showcases nature photos by four different artists Nick Lenz ’11, a former St. Cloud State multimedia content producer,; art student Avishek Udas; and Stephen Busuttil, a photographer from Malta who visited the area last year. Twin Cities photographer Luke Erickson has also loaned some black and white photos of the Mississippi River to St. Cloud State for display in Eastman Hall. The photos can be seen in common areas as well as in back counseling rooms.
The third floor features the top of Goodman’s stairwell mosaic as well as photos by Lenz of large campus oaks.