University Communications' drone camera captures Matthew Hume's class seated at "Why?" The 40-by-20 question mark-shaped picnic table can seat about 60 and serves as a place to meet and question things, according to artist Michael Beitz. "What could be more important at the present moment than to be critical in looking for points of unity and gathering?" Beitz says.
Daryl Ryan, junior architectural planner with the Capital Planning Group, installs “Why?” a new piece of public artwork on the South Campus created by UB alumnus Michael Beitz.
Kelly Hayes McAlonie (center), director of the Capital Planning Group, and her husband, Brian McAlonie (left), help out with the installation. At right is Daryl Ryan, junior architectural planner with CPG.
“Why?” a companion piece to "Whippy," Beitz' piece on Founders Plaza on the North Campus, is located on Diefendorf Quad.
Matthew Hume, adjunct assistant professor of architecture, finds "Why?" to be the perfect spot to hold class outdoors.
Big ideas are born at UB, now with a little encouragement from artist Michael Beitz (MFA ’09). His second campus installation—a 40-by-20-foot question-mark-shaped picnic table aptly named “Why?”—sets an inquisitive tone on the lawn of Diefendorf Quad on the South Campus, giving faculty, staff and students a space to gather and ask questions. According to Beitz, there’s nothing more crucial at the present moment than for communities to engage critically and creatively and find points of unity. At UB, “Why?” is one place where that dialogue can begin.