I Heart WSU!  LbNA # 30367 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateApr 25 2007
LocationPullman, WA
Found By American Boxer
Last Found Jul 22 2009
Hike Distance?

In the fall of 2005, the WSU Museum of Art hosted an exhibit of statues created at the Walla Walla Foundry ( http://www.wallawallafoundry.com/ ). The exhibit prominately featured the works of Jim Dine and 12 other artists from the foundry. After the exhibit, 3 pieces were purchased and installed permanently. The one which caused the most controversy was "Technicolor Heart" by Jim Dine, affectionately called "The Big Blue Heart" by locals. The large bronze work is comprised of a large heart covered with found objects and painted in a rainbow of colors. People either love or hate the statue, and voice their opinions loudly. The heart has previously been auctioned on Ebay and covered in garbage bags and tarps. Some opinion letters about the heart:

This letterbox is located in the heart of campus, so you have to be careful when going to get it. There are times, though, when the campus is fairly deserted. Plan accordingly. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays classes change on the hour. On Tuesdays and Thursdays classes change at 9:00, 10:25, 11:45, 1:15, 2:40, 4:05. Afternoons are usually better then mornings. Saturdays are good days, as long it's not a busy weekend on campus (Mom's Weekend, football weekends). Sundays are excellent.

There is metered parking at French Ad across the street from the heart. There is also a paid parking garage down the street.

To the Box:
Go to the Big Blue Heart on Stadium Way and bask in its technicolor glory. Scour the objects on the heart. Stand underneath the pumpkin top with your back to traffic. Under the boughs of the twin evergreens you will find your prize. It's eaiest to get under the branches from the side with the ivy.