Snite Museum of Art reopens sculpture park

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Gina Costa A new sculpture is featured in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, which reopens Friday and is located on the south side of Notre Dame’s campus. The park features work from artists around the globe.Director of the Snite Museum and curator of the sculpture park Charles Loving said the sculptures were selected to reflect the park’s theme by favoring both the natural environment and human spiritual nature.“Because the site was historically a landfill, I asked landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh to image what it might have looked like before Notre Dame was founded,” Loving said.The park includes sculptures created by artists across the globe and by Notre Dame alumni, faculty and individuals in the South Bend community. Snite Museum’s director of marketing and communications Gina Costa said the park is an effort to “return to our nature.”“We’re rescuing [the area] from being a landfill to a beautiful, indigenous place with water elements, prairie grasses, sloping hills, and we put in 12 sculptures [created] by some of the top national and international sculptors,” Costa said.Additions to the park include new walkways, water elements and artwork such as a site-specific sculpture by Philip Rickey titled “Life of Christ/Cycle of Life,” which Loving said will create “a new sacred spot on campus.”With the sculpture park’s proximity to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the future Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, Loving said the park is the next step toward creating a “fine arts district.” Future plans include an art museum within the park and a Department of Art, Art History and Design in the area, he said.“The arts district also creates a literal bridge to the local community through its adjacency to Eddy Street Commons and by virtue of community outreach programs offered by the Snite Museum of Art and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center,” Loving said.According to the Snite Museum’s website, the eight-acre site will soon feature an amphitheater to be used for concerts, poetry readings and tour groups. The outdoor exhibit will remain open permanently and can be freely explored at any time or day.“The function of the park is for the University campus and local community to come picnic and chill out,” Costa said. “It’s just a beautiful, reflective, contemplative environment.”To celebrate the project’s completion, an opening reception will be held at the park Friday afternoon. The reception will feature speeches by community members, the opportunity to plant in the park’s soil and free food and souvenirs for the first handful of attendees.“This is a great opportunity to leave something of yourself at Notre Dame,” Costa said. “There’s going to be all sorts of things to eat, plantings, some vendors [and] just sort of a nice, chill atmosphere.”Tags: Art, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, fine arts district, sculpture, Snite Museum of Art After five years of construction, the Snite Museum of Art will be reopening a public sculpture park on the south side of campus Friday.Themed “Reclaiming our Nature,” the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park features a myriad of acclaimed sculptures situated in an outdoor exhibition stretching across Edison Road.last_img read more

Steel Burkhardt’s Photo Stash! See the Aladdin Star’s Healthy Eats & More

first_imgSteel Burkhardt is one smart sidekick—in December, he joined the cast of the hit Broadway musical Aladdin, where he’s spent the winter frolicking through the sweltering sands of Agrabah. (Sure beats the sludge puddles of New York City!) We asked Burkhardt to snap photos of his favorite things around the theater. Check out these awesome photos of his favorite snacks, gifts, pals and lucky charms below, then catch him as Kassim in Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre! My view from the stage door “Lots of people want Kassim’s autograph. I can’t think of anybody else who signs more autographs than me. Poor James [Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie], he’d pay you to let him sign your program…” My favorite thing in my dressing room “My yoga ball. Gotta make sure I sit with good posture. Sometimes I sit and think of world-changing inventions.” A selfie right before I go onstage “Gotta do the show!” My view from the stage “This is my view! The fabulous, the beautiful, the comfy seats of the New Amsterdam Theatre.” My favorite post-show snack “A Lizzie Jays fresh-pressed juice. This one is pure greens and it’s the perfect thing to replenish the nutrients that were lost in the deserts of Agrabah.” My must-have pre-show item “My iPad. Thanks for the Christmas gift, family! ‘I will take the ring,’ he said, ‘Although I do not know the way.'” My favorite line in the show “Iago’s line, spoken by Don Darryl Rivera: ‘…Murdering their BOYFRIENDS!!!’ (Side note: Don Darryl Rivera only responds to Don Darryl Rivera. You have to say the full thing.)” The best thing to eat on a two-show day “On two-show days I like making myself a nice salad with lots of greens and proteins! Mmm…I just love avocado.”center_img My good luck charm “Don Darryl Rivera. I just love rubbing that buzzed head and Don Darryl Rivera just loves it!” View Comments My favorite fan gift “My long sleeve t-shirt from my fans in Sarasota, FL. When I put this shirt on, I feel the warmth of the sun, the sand on my feet and the wind blowing off the ocean through my fez!” The crew member who saves my ass “The crew member who saves my buttocks is definitely Marshall [Servillio, propsman]. One time I was working backstage on my sword play and Marshall saved me from a set piece falling on my little baby toe.” Related Shows Aladdin from $57.50last_img read more

Bulgarian pension body disputes projected second-pillar payouts

first_imgThe Bulgarian Association of Supplementary Pension Security Companies (BASPSC) disputed the ministry’s interpretations and model assumptions.The current pension contribution rate increased by 1 percentage point this year to 19.8% of wages, of which 5% goes to the second pillar UPFs.There is a maximum monthly insurance ceiling, currently set at BGN2,600 with a 2% annual increase, above which taxes are due but no further pension or health insurance contributions are paid.One point of dispute is that the ministry’s long-term projection of an 8% annual increase in wages, leading to a similar increase in the average insurable income, would by 2037 result in the latter exceeding the maximum insurable ceiling, while at the same time exaggerating the expected pension paid by the first pillar.Overall the contributions cover less than 48% of current pensions expenditure, with the rest coming from taxes.According to the BASPSC’s calculations, based on NSSI figures, the average real contribution rate to the pay-as-you-go first-pillar system amounted to 30% in return for a pensions income roughly equal to 41% of the working wage.The BASPSC pointed out that, by the ministry’s own calculations for younger workers, those with 40 years of service would receive a 20% pension income from UPFs, despite the lower contribution rate.Other discrepancies included the ministry’s use of a 5% contribution fee throughout its projections, even though this has been lowered to 4% for 2018 and will fall to 3.75% next year. The ministry also failed to take into account the increase in the retirement age, to 65 years for both men and women, according to the BASPSC.The main issue, however, was the ministry’s use of average accumulated sums in pension funds.According to Bulgaria’s Financial Supervision Commission, the country’s regulator for pensions and other non-banking financial services, there were around 3.7m registered as UPF members at the end of 2017 – some 1.35m more than those actually contributing according to NSSI data. The difference was attributed largely to the high level of economic emigration.Payout proposalsDespite the dispute, Bulgaria is moving closer to finalising payout schemes for the country’s second-pillar pension system.In its draft legislation, the ministry has proposed three types of payouts: a one-off lump sum, scheduled withdrawal, and lifetime (annuity) provision. It has also put forward the possibility of combining two or three provisions to diversify pension incomes.Unlike the government’s last attempt to address payouts, in 2016, when it proposed and then shelved the idea of a common asset pool for second-pillar pensions, the latest version has proved relatively uncontroversial.Notwithstanding its criticisms, the BASPSC has welcomed the payout proposals, including the programmed withdrawals and the provision of lump-sum payments, which it described as the correct solution for those members who were not able to accumulate sufficient sums as a result of a short period of fund membership, absence due to emigration, or their working in the ‘grey’ economy.It suggested more options for inheritability of pensions, as well as the establishment of a principal guarantee to protect at least the value of nominal contributions. A majority of Bulgarian citizens retiring between 2021 and 2037 will receive a pension of €26 or less despite reforms aimed at boosting savings, according to projections from Bulgaria’s labour and social policy ministry.The ministry’s analysis of projected pension income – published alongside draft legislation for new types of pension payouts – showed that 70% of the first cohort of Universal Pension Fund (UPF) pensioners, retiring between 2021 and 2037, would receive a monthly pension of BGN50 (€26) or less, while only 10% would get more than BGN100.Meanwhile, according to the ministry, payments from the first-pillar National Social Security Institute (NSSI) would be 18-20% lower than would have been the case if members had been insured exclusively in the state system, suggesting that members should consider the option of switching to the first pillar.Since 2015, when switching was introduced, only around 10,000 UPF members and 900 members of the Professional Pension Funds (for workers in jobs that qualify for early retirement) have switched.last_img read more

New Jay Jay strikes double for QPR

first_imgRelatedPosts Osayi-Samuel eager for Crystal Palace move Eberechi Eze pulls out of England squad Breaking: Crystal Palace land £19.5m Eberechi Eze Two goals from Eberechi Eze, described as the new Jay Jay Okocha, gave Queens Park Rangers their first win since October as they beat Preston 2-0.The England Under-21 star opened the scoring in the 16th minute and then added a second from the penalty spot on 67 minutes.Leeds moved to the top of the Championship for 24 hours at least after getting the better of Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield with a 2-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.Goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez in the second half means Marcelo Bielsa’s men leapfrog West Brom, who host Swansea on Sunday, in the table.Meanwhile, Charlton’s winless run stretched to eight matches after they suffered a 1-0 away loss to Middlesbrough, George Saville breaking the deadlock with less than a minute gone at the Riverside.Jarrod Bowen netted twice in quick succession as Hull City came from behind to beat Stoke 2-1 and inflict a third successive loss on the Potters.A stoppage-time winner from George Moncur helped Luton Town beat Wigan 2-1 as they bounced from their 7-0 thrashing to Brentford last week.— Tags: QPRlast_img read more

Building blocks

first_imgThomas Smith, NBC Universal’s Senior Vice President, spoke at the Galen Center on Tuesday during the 2010 Sustainability in Construction Symposium. Smith was presented with the 2010 Visionary Award for NBC’s long-term renovation and construction plan of Universal City. The event featured a number of speakers who discussed green construction and other issues.Roland Wiryawan | Daily Trojanlast_img