Hommage a Wayne Newman Palmer
Title: Hommage a Wayne Newman Palmer
Creator: Rainer Maria Wehner
Technique: welding, galvanizing
Dimensions: 10 feet (height) x 8 feet (width) x 3 feet (depth), approximately
Description: Demonstrating the Pythagorean theorem, a² + b² = c², this sculpture honors the teaching of Wayne Newman Palmer. Each side of the right triangles within this sculpture is literally squared, with the frame of a cube emerging from each of the 3 sides. Palmer was a math professor at Utica College for 30 years. Artist Rainer Maria Wehner achieved the impossible in honor of a man who did the impossible. By expressing this two-dimensional theorem in three dimensions, he honors a man who built a scholarship fund out of materials others had discarded. The plaque that forms the base of the bottom square honors Palmer's service to the community. He recycled bottles and cans from across the campus to fund a scholarship in his grandmother's name. The recycling symbol on the plaque is cut out so that grass can grow through an opening in the concrete base.
Inscription: "DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF / WAYNE NEWMAN PALMER / MATHEMATICIAN, TEACHER, AND FRIEND OF / UTICA COLLEGE / PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS / 1965-1995" on metal plate forming base of sculpture.
Subject: Public Art, Outdoor sculpture, Metal sculpture
Rights: © Rainer Maria Wehner 2007
Find out more:
“UC to Host Memorial For Professor Wayne Palmer - Utica College.” Utica College. N.p., 3 May 2004. Web. 10 Sept. 2016. https://www.utica.edu/instadvance/alumni/news.cfm?featureaction=detail&id=712&archive=65
Location: Utica College, Champlin Avenue, Utica, between the Gannett Library and the Gordon Science Center