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Joe Testa-Secca
Forum II, 1960

View from the southwest.

University of South Florida, Tampa
Chemistry Auditorium

Forum II was the second of two public art commissions awarded to Joe Testa Secca as construction began on the University of South Florida.

Testa Secca was selected for the commission to work with architect Mark Hampton on a design for a mural to be integrated into the exterior walls of the new facility. He worked concurrently on the ceramic mosaic mural for the Administration Building and the integrated bas-relief on the Chemistry Auditorium. Working with architect Mark Hampton, Testa Secca was introduced to contemporary construction techniques, which could be manipulated to incorporate his design. After a series of experiments, it was determined that the final form would be incorporated into the cement walls of the building itself. Working with subcontractors, Testa Secca translated his design into form liners, which were used to cast the cement walls of the building. A retarder added to the cement enabled Testa Secca to expose the aggregate used in the cement mix, thus providing textural definition to his bas-relief.


View from the southeast.

View from the east.

View from the west.

Detail from the west wall.