Hall of Casts | Notre Dame School of Architecture


My name is Treese Robb and I’m from New
York City. I was trained at the Met Museum and I do freelance restoration on
plaster casts. I’m here at the University of Notre Dame because they’re collecting
for their new Hall of Casts building and they received Parthenon friezes that
needed a lot of restoration. The pieces have changed over the years:
weathering has happened, political policies have changed, wars.
What’s wonderful about these pieces is they’re very historically accurate to
the 19th century and what they look like because it was still allowed back then
to make the molds right on the piece. Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the School of Architecture: These casts are sculptures and architectural fragments from buildings that are no longer there and the
students sketched them, they draw them, and understand light and shadow, form and
line, shape and line, so they’re an integral part of an architect’s education. And the
light from the skylight that will be coming down will light these artifacts in
such a way so the students can actually understand the differences in the
quality of light, and the shadow, and all the other aspects that come with
freehand drawing. Treese Robb: In my mind it’s like learning how to
read music and then you can go, you can create. So you look back at history and
see what’s present, you learn to draw these things, you get a feel for what it
was before. Its historical. Your training. It’s very important and you go on from
there and create. Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the School of Architecture: Most architecture schools had some form of a cast
collection and they discarded them many, many years ago.
But we’ve actually rebuilt ours and we’ve been very fortunate to have the actual
space of the Hall of Casts that will house this beautiful collection.

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