"The Visitors" arrived at Palm Beach Atlantic University rather mysteriously Sunday night, and they don't mind if their presence gets people talking.
As part of a sculpture class project, a grouping of five abstract figures appeared on the Rinker Green at the beginning of the week, and they will be moved to various undisclosed locations around campus.
Temporary art installations have been around since the 1960s, said Associate Professor of Art Jim Craft, adding that many people are familiar with the buildings and other structures wrapped in fabric by artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude.
PBA students have done different temporary installations before, "but nothing quite like this one," Craft said. "We're waiting to see how this one is going to unfold."
The 17 students in the Sculpture I class are divided into groups, and each group had to plan where the installation would go and obtain approval in advance. In each location, the figures are being arranged in a placement that portrays some form of dialogue, said Anna Kendall, 19, an art education major from Jacksonville, Fla.
Each group was responsible for creating one of the figures out of wood. "Planning it took the longest part because there were so many things that we could do," Kendall said.
The project's title has to do with the viewer as much as the figures themselves. "We're all visitors on some level, all the time," Craft said.