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Powerful Design Wins Judges Over

Fine Arts sophomore Deanna Brusca was the winner of a contest to design the 50th anniversary logo for The Axinn Library with her unique interpretation of the structure’s Brutalist architecture.

The theme of the contest was “Brutal Library.”

“My design incorporates the theme in several ways,” said Brusca. “The grey color reflects the concrete that is used in the architecture of many brutalist structures. The left and right sides of the logo show the brutalist principle of defying the surface. The sides have elements that protrude outward, as many brutalist buildings do. And the blue is used to refer to one of Hofstra’s powerful school colors.”

Brusca received a $100 gift card from the Hofstra University Bookstore for her winning design. Logo submissions were judged by representatives from the Hofstra University Museum and University Library.

“Our celebration of Axinn’s 50th anniversary will set the building in its historical, social, and cultural context,” said Sarah McCleskey, Head of Access Services. “We want to generate an understanding and appreciation for this iconic but challenging structure. Deanna’s design contemplates the bold texture of the raw concrete of Brutalism, while emphasizing the concept of surface as a sculptural element.”

Additional programming to celebrate the opening of The Axinn Library building will include a symposium in the fall semester of 2017. Peter Chadwick, author of This Brutal World (Phaedon, 2016), has been confirmed to speak at the symposium (details to come). 

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Carley Weinstein

Carley Weinstein is the social media manager for Hofstra University.

carley.p.weinstein@hofstra.edu |Phone: 516-463-6053

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