Now head next door to Eastman Hall to view artwork by Stacia Fink Goodman ’89 honoring the Mississippi River, a history plaque celebrating the history of the building, and an original student art piece by Bigyan Lama Thing ’19.
Ripples and Connections
Located on the first floor, “Ripples and Connections” features the Beaver Islands connected in concentric circles of water with overlapping ripples.
It’s as if you were standing in the water and drop a stone and the ripples go outward,” Stacia Fink Goodman said. “The series of islands have radiating ripples going out to show all the connections that happen at St. Cloud State with people, and interests, and subjects and buildings — it’s about connections.”
Mississippi River Renewal
Found spanning a stairwell in the building’s second and third floors, “Mississippi River Renewal”, a two-story mosaic, is installed behind a floating staircase. It depicts the flow of the Mississippi River surrounding the Beaver Islands and is framed by pieces of re-purposed wood flooring and decorative tiles from the former pool.
Stacia Goodman’s wish is that it gives visitors a chance to stop and admire something that is beautiful and refreshing.
Goodman hides a hidden message in all of her artwork to allow people to engage with the art and have fun with it.
Mississippi River Renewal, the two-story mosaic, installed in Eastman Hall contains a message of peace, while Ripples and Connections contains a nod to the river’s wildlife.
Eastman Hall Historic Plaque
The first floor of Stewart Hall includes information on how elements of historic Eastman Hall were preserved in the remodeled facility, which include wood from the former Eastman Hall gymnasium and sandstone used in the restrooms, unaltered northwest and southwest staircases, and roof supports. Also included are copies of architectural drawings of the original Eastman Hall.
Created by St. Cloud State student Bigyan Lama Thing in 2019, this work contains highlights reclaimed historic Eastman Hall materials such as door handles, water faucets, pool tile, and a blueprint copy. The art piece is also located on the first floor.