"Town And Gown", Mark Sponenburgh An American Artist 1916-2012

The Sign
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The sign was at the foot of the statue in the grass. It read:

Town and Gown
Mark Sponenburgh, Sculptor

This sculpture, depicting two academics and two townspeople, commemorates the longstanding relationship between Willamette University and the Town of Salem, both established early in the 1840s.

Dedicated February 1, 1992, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Willamette University


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 22.13" N, 123° 1' 49.24" W   •  (Date Photographed: 15:55:45 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5265
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Four People
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The art depicted four people. The man and woman on the left were the townspeople. Those on the right were the academics.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 32.98" N, 123° 1' 47.66" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:00:15 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5266
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Different Angle
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A different angle with the Oregon State Capital building in the background.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 27.41" N, 123° 1' 47.69" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:00:30 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5268
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The Academics
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The two academics viewed from behind. Notice that the woman is shorter than the man, a presumption of the 1900s.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 29.45" N, 123° 1' 47.20" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:00:42 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5269
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Woman Wore A Necklace
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The academic woman wore her hair up and a necklace outside her graduation gown.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 15.29" N, 123° 1' 50.13" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:00:54 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5271
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The Academic Man
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The academic man wore a beard. He also wore a dress shirt and tie under his graduation gown.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 15.32" N, 123° 1' 50.18" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:00:59 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5272
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The Townsman
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The townsman wore a slightly domed hat with a wide brim. The townsman was clean shaved which suggested a beard could be a mark of youthful rebellion.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 15.12" N, 123° 1' 50.15" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:01:05 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5273
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The Townswoman
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The townswoman wore the same hat as the man.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 15.04" N, 123° 1' 50.17" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:01:12 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5274
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Carried A Purse
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The townswoman carried a purse over her arm.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 15.03" N, 123° 1' 50.20" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:01:16 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5275
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Carried An Umbrella
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The townsman carried an umbrella which was practical for the Willamette Valley.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 15.04" N, 123° 1' 50.23" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:01:17 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5276
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Carried A Book
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The academic man carried a book. There was no clue to the type of book.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 15.15" N, 123° 1' 50.25" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:01:20 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5277
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Carried Leaves
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The academic woman carried a branch with leaves on it.


"Town And Gown" 1992   •  Mark Sponenburgh 1916-2012   •  An American Artist   •  Willamette University external link   •  Salem, Oregon   •  44° 56' 15.15" N, 123° 1' 50.25" W   •  (Date Photographed: 16:01:26 Sunday 11 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Sunday 31 January 2016)   •  © 2016 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5278
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