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   Andy Yoder

The Three B's, Aluminum and Enamel Painted Bollards, 2003


The Three B's

Completion Date:



Aluminum and Enamel


30" x 20" x 20"


Glen Oaks Campus


74-30 Commonwealth Blvd., Queens


SBLM Architects

Sponsor Agency:

Department of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

Andy Yoder's sculptural installation, The Three B's, adorns the driveway of School District 26's new Glen Oaks campus. The Three B's greets the students, as the Glen Oaks campus drive is a thoroughfare trafficked by students. Yoder represented art, science and physical education by depicting a paintbrush, beaker, and barbell. These sculptures are clearly visible to cars and schools buses alike, as Yoder's thirty individual sculptures measure 30" x 20" x 20" each. For this project, Yoder culled inspiration from the robust and functional appearance of fire hydrants. He collaborated with patternmakers at an industrial foundry to achieve his desired effect. The original paintbrush, beaker, and barbell were modeled out of paper mache. A wooden version (or "pattern") was created at the foundry so that eleven casts could be made of each shape. The sculptures were later painted with enamel for color and weather resistance. This project not only creates a warm and whimsical transition into the world of learning, but also provides protective bollards around the school's driveway.

About the Artist...
Andy Yoder is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. His sculpture has been featured in one-person exhibitions at Plus Ultra gallery in Brooklyn; the Queens Museum of Art, the Sculpture Center, Art Resources Transfer, and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. He has recently completed permanent commissions for Progressive Corporation, the Peter B. Lewis Aquatic Center in Cleveland, OH, Continental Airlines, ESPN, and the Columbus Museum of Art.

Artist Quote...
"I find that the practical requirements of public art push me to respond with solutions that I never would have come up with in the studio. Sculpture forces one to deal with the real world, and public art does even more so."- Yoder, 2004