3D shapes are fun, and Berkeley has a lot of them in the form of abstract sculptures. Thanks to a wonderful visit in Oxford and year of working with them as stimuli for computer vision (see 3D Shape Attributes with A. Zisserman and A. Gupta for the results), I've started appreciating them more.
From a vision perspective, the fun part is that they're 3D things you can walk around and they're typically forms you're not used to so you see less of your preconcieved notions. This lets you you walk around and see how what you see changes as what you see changes.
Here are a few of my favorites on campus (in no particular order), my not-so-good pictures of them, and what I like about them.
My two favorite things about this are probably:
Enter at either 2nd, 3rd floor. Take the elevator to the 6th floor and head
left until you hit a patio between buildings. It's on the side closest to the
Artist: Richard O'Hanlon
Location: Next to Berkeley Music Hall and Law School Map
To be honest, I didn't like this sculpture at first. It looks kinda like a Henry Moore but not quite. But it grew on me. One day, I looked at the plaque, found the name, Voyage and got it.
At least, to me, it's moving (or not) from right-to-left as seen in picture 2.
Artist: Alexander Liberman
Location: Between Morgan Hall and Li Ka Shing on the west side of campus Map
It's tubes, chopped and bolted together. I like how the different ones are cut at different angles. Go to Yali's nearby for coffee.
Artist: Ralph Stackpole
Location: Just across Strawberry Creek from Sproul Plaza, on the right Map
This one is really easy to miss but you'll spot it if you look to your right walking through Sather gate from the south. It's small and blends in, as if someone accidentally left it there and everyone just assumed it's supposed to be there. It's cute and I'm not sure what's going on, but I like it: it feels as if it's depicting something that I just don't have the reference for.