‘Texting Girl’ goes to college

Dec 27, 2012
Carole Whelan’s “Texting Girl” sculpture is pictured with both front and back views.

Hope — A Maine-made sculpture of a young woman texting will soon be installed at Simmons College in Boston. The purchaser of the piece felt the figure was iconic and that Simmons, a woman’s college, is the appropriate home for this increasingly familiar image.

The sculpture of a texting girl is formed from stainless steel wire and stands 5 feet 3 inches tall. It was created by Carole Whelan of Hope in her Morpheus Arts studio and was inspired by Whelan’s granddaughters. The title of the sculpture — “?yrmythumdsor@teotd?404” — is readily understood by most young people, but for many who grew up before the age of texting, a translation is helpful: “Question, Why are my thumbs sore at the end of the day? I have no clue.”

“Texting Girl,” as the sculpture also is called, has, in keeping with modernity, her own Facebook page, Texting Girls United, which will introduce girls and women of the world who have demonstrated creativity, intelligence and bravery in spite of powerful cultural restraints. The “WonderGirls of the World” album on the photos page will continually be adding photos of inspiring women.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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