The Art of Rowing

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Watch a UW Tacoma art class build a sculpture celebrating the 1936 “Boys in the Boat.”
A group of students came together on a sunny day this March to build a sculpture overlooking the Thea Foss Waterway, inspired by the book The Boys in the Boat.
The project was part of the “Objects and Art” class at UW Tacoma, taught by Tyler Budge, and was installed at the Museum of Glass as part of the Pierce County Library’s Pierce County READS program. Unfortunately, the sculpture blew down in a recent wind storm.
Their final piece captures the spirit of teamwork exemplified by the UW rowers in the book.
Video by Cody Char.
Learn more about the Pierce County READS events on the Pierce County Library website. The community reading program centers on the book The Boys in the Boat, the inspiring story of nine UW rowers who overcame hardship and poverty in the Great Depression to win the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany.
One Pierce County READS event is the screening of Triumph of the Will with commentary by UW Tacoma Professor Claudia Gorbman at The Grand Cinema on March 26.
Written by: 
Abby Rhinehart / March 25, 2015
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