The Ask the Archivist column in the Summer 2021 Rochester Review answered a question from Campus Times Features Editor Melanie Earle ’23, who asked about the history of the carved wooden Yellowjacket sculpture which currently nests in a corner of Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons. You can read the article here.
The sculpture was carved from one of the original oak trees on the River Campus and depicts two of the University's emblems, a yellowjacket and dandelion. It was created by artist Matthew Kron in October, 2001 a few weeks after the tragedy of 9-11. Moved by the courage of Jeremy Glick '93, Kron added Glick's name to the piece.
Below you will find photographs of the sculpture, and of the people who made it, preserved it, and moved it to its current location.