Sculptors Create Grand Entrance to Art Museum

August 2nd, 2016 / Advancement

Museum sculptureBefore visitors step inside Princeton’s world-class art museum, they are greeted by a monumental glass and steel sculpture, a creative bridge from the campus’s arboretum-like setting to the visual treasures inside. Noted artists Doug and Mike Starn, twin brothers whose work has been exhibited at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Macro Museum in Rome, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, among other public and private collections, designed (Any) Body Oddly Propped especially for the museum’s front lawn. The commissioned work features eighteen-foot-tall panels of color made in a new glass-dyeing technique pioneered in Germany.

The contemporary landmark was made possible in part by the generosity of painter and conservationist Shelly Belfer Malkin ’86 and Anthony E. Malkin. “I became an art history major and learned the broad scope of Western and Eastern traditions,” Malkin has said, “and later went to art school, becoming an artist myself, thanks in part to the inspiration I took from my surroundings and the strong liberal arts education I received as a Princeton undergraduate.”  

The sculpture joins Princeton’s collection of public art created in honor of John B. Putnam Jr. ’45 and continues Princeton’s tradition of enhancing the beauty of the campus for all to enjoy. Learn more about campus art at

Photo courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum.