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Sculpture on the Parrington Lawn: Department of Forensic Morphology Annex

Updated May 11, 2014.
Prepared by AJ Blechner, law librarianship intern

Are you curious about the mysterious structure located on the north end of the Parrington Lawn by the William Gates Hall Law Building? This page will answer all of your questions.

Annex Plaque



The artist noted that the structure was inspired by the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory and the K.F. Kristen Wind Tunnel Building located on the University of Washington Campus.

“I built this sculpture to house the future department of a field that does not yet exist. Morphology is the study of form and structure of animals and plants, without regard for function. It also refers to the branch of linguistics that deals with the internal structure and forms of words. Linking these studies to forensic science—well, just imagine the possibilities.”

See Greg Flanders, Public Art at the UW: Department of Forensic Morphology Annex, by Cris Bruch, Blog Down to Washington, Dec. 14, 2011 (quoting Cris Bruch, the artist).



Cris Bruch moved to Seattle in 1986 after obtaining his education at the University of Wisconsin. His works have also been commissioned by: private developers, 4Culture, the TriMet, the US General Services Administration, and the Port Angeles City Parks Department. He recently received a commission to create a public sculpture at the Sound Transit Northgate Light Link Rail Station. His public collections have been displayed in the Washington State University Museum of Art, Seattle Portable Works, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Mr. Bruch is also a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee. In December of 2014 he plans to open a solo exhibit at the APEX Gallery at the Portland Art Museum. His work is available for purchase through the Greg Kucera Gallery: Cris Bruch Sculpture, Greg Kucera Gallery, Inc.


Community Attention

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Blog provides information regarding a Student-Run Tour exploring the art available on the college campus. The Department of Forensic Morphology is listed as number three on the tour with interesting historical background and photographs. Ilona Idlis, Art Break: Student Run Tour Explores Art on Campus, Beyond the Quad. . ., Jul. 9, 2013.



In the case of an evacuation from the Law School the Department of Forensic Morphology Annex is the meeting place for students and others leaving William H. Gates Hall.



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