Steel-Forged and Welded
University Museum Sculpture Garden
Addington’s “Untitled” abstract sculpture is 20 foot in height, made of forged and welded steel. It was forged here at the SIUC foundry. The piece overlooks the Japanese Garden’s Tea House. It was a gift from the artist.
Aldon Addington came to SIUC in 1967 and taught sculpture and 3D design until his retirement in 2001. While at the university he gave many metal sculpture workshops to include the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi. During the summers in the 1980s, he gave demonstrations and workshops at Art Park in Lewiston, New York. His art is represented at Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, the Illinois State Museum and the University of Lapland as well as in private collections. From 2007 to 2009 his stainless-steel sculpture “Philosopher” was shown in Jackson, Michigan at the Riverwalk Trail. In 2006 his sculpture “Rings of Friendship" was installed in Carbondale’s Friendship Park. “Symphony in Steel” a large- scale hanging sculpture was commissioned by the Illinois Art-in-Architecture program for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’ Mechanical Engineering Building in 2005