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On Our Way

"On Our Way," created for the Carolina Union lobby, was one of the final works of Ruffin Mendenhall Hobbs, the Graham-based metal sculptor who passed away in 2008. With a multitude of Carolina connections in his family (his grandfather and great uncle were professors, and his parents, siblings, nephew, and niece are all alumni), Hobbs was a fitting choice to create artwork for the Carolina Union. The multiple, overlapping, intertwined figures of "On Our Way" reflect the hustling midday throng of students in nearby Polk Place and The Pit. The sculpture was a gift of the Carolina Parents Council. Hobbs's commissions grace several universities, and his enduring legacy may be the two 3,500-pound stainless steel sculptures of tigers that flank the entrance of Princeton’s football stadium.