Paul T. Granlund was sculpture-in-residence at Minnesota's Gustavus Adolphus College from 1971-1996, during a career that spanned 50 years. His figurative bronzes have been installed worldwide. These buoyant Swimmers frolic in nature. Look for his Winter and Summer Nymphs, dancing with natural exuberance on the Morgan Terrace by the Snyder Building. Granlund used the lost wax process of bronze casting. Unlike many, he cast his own bronze rather than sending it to a foundry. He compared the pouring of bronze to the experience of flying: "I still get a few more heartbeats per minute each time it's done."
For the Young (and Young at Heart)
Do YOU like to go to the lake or pool? What makes it fun to do? Look at this family. How does the artist show us they are in the water? Their joy in playing together?
Paul T. Granlund, USA, Swimmers, 1990; Bronze.