Many of Hunt’s sculptures, including this one, are influenced by the surrealist ideas of other artists like Matta and Picasso. He has always taken an interest in the morphology and blending of natural and industrial forms. He states,“It is my intention to develop the kinds of forms nature might create if only heat and steel were available to her.” He has also said that his work is “the kind of sculpture where you can take material and work it and rework it, cut something off, and re-position something.”
His ideas clearly support the title of this piece, which is abstract but makes general reference to nature, growth, yearning, and reaching for light and life. The piece is welded bronze and measures 36 inches by 99 inches. It was created in 1991 and installed on campus in 2008.
(Source: MSU Alumni Association)