THE DEMON HEAD
The Demon Head (Demon Medallion)
A fiberglass medallion with a relief of a demon’s face is surrounded by a hexagonal concrete rim. The demon is bald and has horns jutting out above his pointy ears. He has a goatee, two, sharp protruding lower teeth, and a deeply wrinkled face. The demon’s face is made of aluminum reinforced fiberglass in the Northwestern State University school colors. His eyes are made of blenco glass. The sculpture rests on a rectangular concrete base.
(On upper section of medallion, around Demon’s head, in raised letters:) NORTHWESTERN STATE COLLEGE (On lower section of medallion, around demon’s head, raised letters:) Natchitoches. Louisiana./ERECTED BY THE STUDENT COUNCIL OF 1958-9 (On lower section of medallion, below demon’s face:) DEMONS unsigned
The sculpture was erected by the Student Council of 1958-1959 in honor of Northwestern State College’s seventy-fifth anniversary.
In 2000, Professor Michael Yankowski of the Art Department recast the original sculpture, which was in a deteriorating condition using a rubber mold. The rubber mold and the original sculpture is stored in the Art Department.
Robert Crew, Assistant to President Randy Webb, constructed the “N” flower bed in front of the Demon Head at the same time.
The information was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
© 2014 Traditions of Northwestern State University of Louisiana