Twigonometry was a sculpture placed just north of the Bald Spot by a visiting artist, Patrick Dougherty, during Fall Term 2002. It was made of dead wood from the Arboretum and meant to last for only two years. Not all students were equally persuaded about its aesthetic value, and numerous jokes were based around irate Carleton students attempting to burn it down.
The wooden sculpture was large enough that students could walk through it and even hide in parts of it.
Twigonometry lasted nearly two years beyond its planned life span, through Summer 2006. By that time, the structure was in danger of collapsing, and it was dismantled in late July. A farewell ice cream social was held on July 24. People were encouraged to leave farewell notes inside the sculpture any time before this date.
- The first known printed reference to Twigonometry after its construction was in The Carl in the form of a comedic personal ad segment called "I Saw You" in February, 2003. The ad went: "I saw you admiring Twigonometry the other day. I'm a nature lover too, maybe I could admire your twig and berries?"
- The second known reference was also in an "I Saw You" segment, on May 9, 2003. That one was somewhat raunchier.
- ↑ Schonbeck, Nicolas. Arb growth becomes art. The Carletonian. 4 October 2002.
- ↑ Media Relations, "Say Goodbye to Carleton's Twigonometry Sculpture", 17 July, 2006
- ↑ Anonymous. "I Saw You." The Carl, 21 February 2003: Page 5c.