Jacob and the Angel (1962)

west entrance, Ogden P. Confer Hall and Edwin J. Vickner Language Hall, 63" high

In this first Granlund sculpture to have been placed on the Gustavus campus, Jacob and the Angel shows an ambiguous figure. Is it dissolving into formless clay or sprouting wings? Is it about to fall or to spring upright? In the Genesis story Jacob wrestles with either a man or an angel. Granlund's single figure helps us to see that Jacob's contest for identity, mastery, and courage, which is our own, is an inner struggle.