The Way West, 2007

John Buck


Texas Tech University
Gordon Hall
SW corner of Gordon Residence Hall

The female form central to this composition does not portray an individual; instead, the figure honors the collective strength of women engaged with higher education. A group of symbols that rise above the figure’s shoulders emphasize the workings of her mind rather than her physical features. A linear element softly zigzags as it stretches skyward, similar to a rugged mountain trail. This line serves to lead the eye to four separate symbolic forms representing core concepts of both life and learning: a lattice-like structure reminiscent of a DNA, a series of architectural orbs and cones, a flickering form illuminating the way to knowledge, and, at the apex, an eye-like sphere seeking undiscovered paths.