“Bloom,” a stainless-steel work of art by Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Tim Godlove, now welcomes students and visitors to the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse and the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden, just off Bertling Street on the north end of Southeast’s campus.
The two eight-foot pieces symbolize the beauty of nature and have been made from material of skyscrapers, said Godlove, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. “Bloom” was constructed as part of his capstone project before graduating from Southeast in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art.
While the sculpture has been showcased in several installations, Godlove says he is thrilled it’s found its way back home to Southeast.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to show my work at my alma mater,” he said. “I hope patrons of the greenhouse will enjoy my work and that it generates conversation and happiness for the community.”
The sculpture is a great addition to the area, said Dr. Sven Svenson, professor of agriculture at Southeast.
“It’s very common to combine art and greenhouses or botanical gardens,” he said. “To have art as part of the landscape enhances this area not only for the Southeast community, but also the local community.”
The addition of the sculpture has created a welcoming entrance to the greenhouse and supports Southeast’s goal to provide experiential learning spaces for students to learn and find success, Svenson said.
“Students helped build the wall for the garden bed, helped Tim install his artwork and will continue to help care for this area,” he said.
Godlove said the University’s commitment to providing hands-on experiences and support of the arts is why he chose Southeast.
“After visiting the River Campus, I knew Southeast would be a great place to perfect my craft,” he said. “And the faculty have continued to support me since I’ve graduated, helping me find shows to apply for and always providing good advice.”
Godlove currently has another sculpture located at Ebb & Flow Fermentations at 11 S. Spanish Street in downtown Cape Girardeau.