Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Architecture major Andrew Hellmund '14 was recently part of Geneva Night Out, a monthly celebration of arts and culture in downtown Geneva. His sculptures were on display at Lake City Hobby in December. This is the latest in a number of public showcases of his work, which stretch from Massachusetts to Michigan.
In November, Hellmund's project "Biking the Berlin Wall" was included in the second annual Julius G. Blocker '53 Cultural Showcase. His work was geared toward exploring the visual and cultural side of Berlin. Earlier this fall, The Hartsbrook School, in Hadley, Mass. installed his piece, "Simplicity I."
He was also one of only 19 sculptors nationwide (and the youngest and least experienced by far) to have been included in the 2012 Biennial Sculpture Invitational at the Krasl Arts Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. For his work "On Upward Wing," he found the materials in a scrap yard near Geneva. That sculpture is now part of the permanent collection at Lake Michigan College.
"Being accepted to that invitational was humbling," says Hellmund. "It was thrilling, and the thrill has continued on."
Sculpting has been an interest of Hellmund's since he was seven years old - when he started carrying around pliers and a spool of wire, making figures inspired by artist Alexander Calder. He's traded in the pliers and wire for welding rod and recycled metal, creating large sculptures. He decided on HWS rather than an art school because he knew he wanted a broad education.
"Attending lectures and being able to talk with other professors outside my fields has been an amazing opportunity to enlarge my perspective," he says.
Fellowships helped him travel to Germany and Japan to study architecture, and along the way he met and learned from various artists.
From exploring 1,000-year-old palaces in Japan to bonding with sculptors in England to scouring scrap yards, Hellmund draws on wide-ranging sources to inspire his work in architecture, sculpture and photography.
He has worked closely with Ted Aub, professor of art and architecture and an award-winning sculptor, who's provided critiques and new opportunities. "He has given me enough space to develop my own work, but also comes in at critical moments to offer provoking insights," Hellmund says. "He's also enabled me to use the studio space and tools 24/7."
On campus, Hellmund is involved in the Community Chorus, Campus Peer Ministry, HWS Genocide and Human Rights Symposium, Architecture Society, Hobart rowing team, Leadership Training and is Art and Architecture House manager. After college, he plans to continue creating sculpture through his own Hellmund Studio. One day he hopes to teach sculpture at the college level.