The Humanities Council recently funded a series of lectures on the history of medicine, inspired by the iconic pylons that have symbolized medical education at West Virginia University since 1956. Created by sculptor Milton Horn, the original pylons (left) are located at the WVU Medical Center in Morgantown.
Now the WVU Health Sciences Center in Martinsburg is working in collaboration with the College of Creative Arts, as well as alumni from all WVU health sciences programs, to create life-sized reliefs from the original carved pylon castings for installation at the Martinsburg campus. The Eastern Pylons Project includes a two-year public lecture series that begins this spring. Each presentation will center around one of the 15 dramatic historical events represented in the pylon carvings, from the time of Hippocrates forward.
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