One of the top contemporary artists of his generation, Tom Friedman is known for his extraordinary use of ordinary materials, including rubber bands, typing paper and aluminum foil. A few years ago, John Burroughs School put out a call to commission a sculpture and received proposals from artists throughout the U.S. Friedman’s whimsical vision of the writer, naturalist and school namesake, standing barefoot with hat in hand, won the day. The artist oversaw the sculpture’s installation last spring, and will return to campus to discuss the process of creating it. Friedman’s lecture is part of a weekend of activities on campus, including a talk (at 10:30 am) by Burroughs senior Gabe Fleisher, creator of the influential “Wake Up to Politics” newsletter. Gabe has been covered by the New York Times, The New Yorker and other national media outlets for his political journalism, including his scoop last spring of Bill de Blasio’s presidential run announcement.