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Sculpture Finds Home at USU Agriculture Building

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

“Whispers and Silence” sculpture

"Whispers and Silence" was created by USU sculpture professor Ryoichi Suzuki and is located next to USU's College of Agriculture building.

Utah State University’s Agricultural Sciences building recently welcomed a new art sculpture after three months of construction.

The sculpture is the work of Ryoichi Suzuki, assistant professor of Sculpture at USU. The sculpture, entitled “Whispers and Silence,” was named by Thomas Schroeder. Schroeder, an English-as-a-second-language teacher and close friend of Suzuki’s, regrettably passed away in November.

Suzuki was given multiple location options for the sculpture to be placed and decided the new Agricultural Sciences building would be best.

“I… liked the central location on campus, “Suzuki said. “[Also] I thought white stone would be a nice contrast to the color of the building.”

As for his artwork, Suzuki notes that he is “inspired by the flowing energies of being, nature and the human body. I use line and form in calm, minimalist ways to create a subtle sense of peace and reflectiveness for my viewers. I often attempt to make my forms seem as if they appeared from these currents and flows simply and naturally. There is a calm immediacy to my work that invites viewers [to] explore and ponder.”

The sculpture was funded by the office of Research and Graduate Studies, Caine College of the Arts, department of Art and Design and the Larry Elsner Art Foundation. For more information about the sculpture and a time-lapse of the installation, visit ( 

­­Contact: Tiffany Adams, (435) 797-7406,

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