As the University of Michigan celebrates its bicentennial, one longtime U-M staff member is commemorating the contributions of its staff. Civil and Environmental Engineering alumni, Jagdish “Jack” Janveja, has generously donated funds to create a sculpture honoring the enduring work and support of the U-M staff, from the past, present and future.
President Schlissel matched Janveja’s donation and additional funds were raised via staff contributions through online giving
The public art piece was chosen by Voices of the Staff, the President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art and Janveja himself. The selections were narrowed down to two sculptures. “Arriving Home” by American artist Dennis Oppenheim was chosen because of the beauty of its colored panels.
“When the sun is shining bright, the sculpture reflects colors all around,” said Janveja.
“Arriving Home” is a spiral form constructed of steel and multi-coloured acrylic panels that shimmer and change color according to the time of day and the angle of the sun. The spiraling form almost looks like it is spinning and moving through space.
The sculpture has been installed on East University Mall, between the Dana Building and the C.C. Little Building. Part of the Fall Festival, a dedication ceremony took place on Friday, October 27.
Janveja emigrated from India to study civil engineering at the University of Michigan. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Engineering B.S.E. in 1963 and his Masters of Science Engineering M.S.E. in 1964. While finishing his master’s degree program in structural engineering, the university offered Janveja a job.
“The University of Michigan is an extension of my home. I love every part of the University,.” Janveja said.
Over the years, Janveja rose through the ranks, from senior civil engineer to his current role as project director for Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Between his education and his career, Janveja has part of the U-M community for over 54 years.
Janveja added, “This is my way of giving back. I will do it every year that I am able.”