Strolling by the new Wilson Library, students, staff and faculty look up towards the sky in awe. What has caught their attention? The beautiful architecture of the new and almost-completed building? No. It’s those windows.
Whether students feel the European style, called trompe l’oeil, of painted-on windows is appealing, they certainly are attention-grabbers.
The reason for the “fake” windows goes beyond just style. The intensity from the sunlight that would seep in through the windows of the library would bleach the books. These renditions were chosen as an alternative to dozens of glass windows and thousands of damaged books. In addition, some of the windows are painted on the outside walls of what are the attic and bathrooms of the building, places real windows cannot be installed.
The windows, with a dark outline and a gray, cloud-like interior, are meant to tease the eye into believing they are real. The idea for the design of the windows came from the architectural firm of Weese-Langley-Weese, located in Chicago. Several artists actually painted the windows onto the walls.
The Campus Times stopped a few students, directed their attention to the artwork and asked them, “What do you think of the windows?”
The University of La Verne and the city of Ontario are negotiating property exchanges that could allow the University to expand its Ontario presence via the new college of health and possibly other programs.
Safety and communication are the city of La Verne’s top priorities, say officials, as construction of part of a 9.1 mile Foothill Gold Line extension project to build new stations from Glendora to Pomona is ongoing.
Eric Bishop, a University of La Verne alumnus, who also held several positions at La Verne – including associate dean of academic advising, journalism professor and Campus Times adviser – was recently appointed president of Ohlone Community College in Fremont, California. He starts July 6.
Empowerment comedian Ernesto Gritzewsky, known as Ernie G, sat amid his audience of roughly 70 before his performance – to have intimate conversations and get to know them – Tuesday in Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center with at least 70 attendees.