Huru, the imposing steel sculpture that has greeted campus visitors since 1997 from its perch near University Drive, is graduating from UMass Boston.
The artist, Mark di Suvero, and a team of contractors began disassembling the 55-foot tall, 36,000-pound structure today. Huru’s next stop is in San Francisco, where it will join seven other di Suvero works in an outdoor exhibit at Crissy Field, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.
That showcase is curated by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which is establishing off-site exhibits as it prepares to close for a 2½-year renovation project.
Huru has long been an anchor of UMass Boston’s Arts on The Point sculpture collection, which also includes the di Suvero work Sunflowers for Vincent, installed here in 2011.
The university will use the space vacated by Huru to house underground utilities as part of its Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation (UCRR) project. Once the utility work is complete, the area will become green space abutting the new Integrated Sciences Complex.