By Pamela Gardner, WBZ-TV


CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – The eye of a hurricane is placed to scale in the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University for all to experience.

“It’s kind of intense,” says student Cody Huntington.

“Yeah it’s really like, it’s got a weird overwhelming feel to it and I think the ambient noise really affects it too,” says Scott Bausemer, also a student.

Georgie Friedman is the artist behind the piece titled “Eye of the Storm,” a video installation that references the shape of a hurricane’s eye.

Inside the 'Eye of the Storm' exhibit at Lesley University. (WBZ-TV)

Inside the ‘Eye of the Storm’ exhibit at Lesley University. (WBZ-TV)

She says a lot of research went into the creation. She was mainly inspired by the way her friends and family on the Gulf Coast were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

“I just started thinking it could have been me, but it wasn’t. And sort of how these storms affect us. Also the fact that they’re just storms, and it’s just weather. And they’re doing what it does. They don’t mean to cause all this harm, but they just cross our paths. And then it’s sort of devastating,” says Friedman.

“It’s a really serene and interesting experience here,” says student Cameron Grant.

“I want them to think a little bit about maybe both our physical and psychological relationship to these large storms. Where they are, in some ways, just aesthetically beautiful if you can look at it objectively,” says Friedman.

There was a three-week installation period for this whole piece to come together, with 10-hour work days and a few assistants from the gallery to hang the cloth and wires. The videos time-lapse between 15 and 30 minutes, and there is an overall ambient sound projected through the room. The piece is laid out so people can take their own paths through the storm to find different views.

This is Friedman’s largest indoor sculptural exhibit, although she has done several outside pieces on buildings.

The “Eye of the Storm” exhibit runs through November 1st in the Roberts Gallery in the Lunder Arts Center. Other exhibits from the artist (video studies of snow and the sky) are currently displayed in the Vandernoot Gallery in University Hall, also through November 1st.

For more information on the galleries and exhibits, visit lesley.edu

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