The term “funambulist” comes from the Latin “funambulus” meaning rope dancer or tightrope walker. The artist notes: “This piece exhibits a great sense of balance and choreography. Combined with its association to the sail, it sets up a juxtaposition between the heaviness of steel and the fleeting forces of the wind, creating a compelling visual and intellectual irony.” The sculpture aims to connect with the students who make Snyder Phillips Hall their home. “Navigating through college requires students to perform a balancing act while remaining daring, bold and creative,” says the artist. Stone, Painted Steel 441 in. by 306 in. [Alumni Assoc. public article; publicart.msu.edu] Installed 2010.