Newest Art Installation: Silverware Sturgeon

Atlantic SturgeonA 12-foot sculpture of an Atlantic sturgeon made of used cutlery was unveiled on the Hyde Park campus in May. Old Diamondsides was created by artist John F. Sendelbach from more than 1,700 salvaged forks, spoons, and knives. The hand-blown glass eyes were made by artist Jeremy Sinkus.

The Atlantic sturgeon is considered one of the most important species of fish in the Hudson River, which borders the campus, and was a major economic engine of the Hudson Valley in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The "Diamondsides" nickname comes from the shape of its scales.

Joining the artists and CIA faculty for the unveiling was Stephen Stanne, estuary education coordinator at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, who shared the history of sturgeon in the Hudson Valley, how it neared extinction, and is now on the rebound.

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