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USC is home to a collection of more than 600 artworks – from paintings and prints hung on academic office walls to mixed media installations across the campus. A piece that stands out to many is Pulse by Konstantin Dimopoulos. It offers a burst of fiery colour, a nod to the Sunshine Coast's sugarcane farming history. It also marks the entrance to USC Art Gallery.

Dawn Oelrich, former Curator of the USC Art Gallery, recalls the night the piece was unveiled.

“We got hundreds of people crammed into this space on a cold winter’s night that year for the official unveiling, so we could see the rods take seven minutes to absorb the fading light and start glowing. They made this lovely kinetic sound moving in the breeze,” Dawn recalls fondly. Volunteer Merle Harris, welcoming people at the front counter of the Art Gallery, adds: “Yes, they looked just like a cane fire.”

Learn more about the University's art and sculpture collection

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