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Davis, California

In the early 1990s UC Davis art professor Robert Arneson installed seven different Egghead sculptures around campus. Made of enameled ceramic -- Arneson was known as the "Father of the Ceramic Funk Art Movement" -- the large Eggheads were site-specific, and the perennial favorite among them has always been the one outside of the university library: Bookhead. It was unveiled in October 1991. Arneson died a year later.

As with all of the Eggheads, Bookhead is essentially a big egg with human ears, eyes, nose, and mouth. Bookhead lays face-down, its nose literally in a big, open book, its eyes wide. Students rub Bookhead for luck before exams, and can relate to what they see as a familiar act of scholarly exhaustion: pressing your forehead to an open book, hoping that its contents somehow transfer into your brain.


Peter J. Shields Library

100 NW Quad, Davis, CA
Outside the entrance to the Shields Library, which is on the south side of Shields Ave., at the first traffic circle east of its intersection with California Ave. No place to park.
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