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USF sculpture to be dedicated

Maze 2000, a metal sculpture by Alice Aycock, will be dedicated officially on Tuesday, but it has been an imposing presence on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa since its installation about a month ago. It is the newest addition to the university's public art collection, funded by Florida's Art in State Buildings Program and a donation from Booky and Cookie Buchman in memory of their daughter, Amy Gail Buchman. The sand-blasted aluminium sculpture, for all its massiveness, is almost delicate, its curved ramps interlocking and intersecting toward a spiral at the top that looks cut from paper. Shifting light can soften or emphasize angles and planes. It resembles a staircase, a galaxy, a flower. Set at the end of an allee of oak trees, bordered by benches, Maze 2000 invites inspection and contemplation.

Lucky ticket wins globe

The Millennium Globe, a sterling silver and vermeil orb handcrafted by Buccellati artisans, will be awarded to a winner at a drawing on April 18 at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. The museum is selling opportunity tickets for the globe, donated by Buccellati in connection with "Art of the Goldsmiths: Masterworks from Buccellati" on display through May 20. Only 250 tickets will be sold, at $125 each. The globe is on display in the Great Hall of the museum, and tickets may be purchased at the front desk during museum hours. Guests at the dinner also will have an opportunity to view three works being considered for the permanent collection. Attendance at the dinner is not required to win the drawing. Dinner tickets are $125. All proceeds are dedicated to the museum's accessions fund. 6:30 p.m. 255 Beach Drive NE. For information, call 896-2667.

_ LENNIE BENNETT, Times art critic

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