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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Landmarks

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/facilities/landmarks.html

Minnesota State University's property totals 354 acres including 77 acres of protected ravine areas. For more information contact Facilities Planning at 389-2226 or facilities-planning@mnsu.edu. For pictures and more details visit MSU's Campus Tour.

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MSU Ellis Avenue Gateway

The new welcoming Gateway located at the Ellis avenue and Stadium road intersection.
For many new students, the intersection of Ellis and Stadium at the crest of the hill is their first glimpse of the Minnesota State University campus. Since there’s no real “front door” to the MSU campus, the school decided it needed a fresh new patio. This Gateway adds another asthetic to our beautiful campus. The view looks quite picturesque. The corner sidewalk is widened to allow more pedestrian traffic. To accent the existing stone slabs carved with our intellectual disciplines, there is a narrow pond, surrounded by low, landscaped hills and greenery. There is also two new brick and stone signs with LED lighting.

Highland North Stadium East - Kasota Stone Sign

The welcome you see entering the campus from the east.

 

Highland North

Stadium West - Kasota Stone Sign

The welcome you see entering the campus from the west.

 

Highland North

The MSU Mound

In an effort to enhance the corner where Blakeslee Stadium is located, a giant mound was created in 2001 to provide yet another aesthetic treatment of the campus grounds.

McElroy Center The Fountain

The fountain, design of which came from part of the New York City World Fair (1965), was installed in 1969. It was designed to create a spiral effect with stationary water jets. The sculpture in the fountain was not originally part of the work. The sculpture, by Roger Johnson, a former faculty member in the Art Department, was added in 1975

The other side

Memorial Library

The Marso-Schmitz Plaza

Made possible by a lead gift from MSU Foundation president Mary Marso-Schmitz ('68), creates a place for students to relax, study, and meet others. Its design allows for outdoor music performances, as well as community and University events and receptions.

Jane Rush Gathering Place

The Jane Rush Gathering Place was created to honor the late Jane Rush's contributions to campus life. Features include an arbor, which is located over the western sidewalk of the plaza, and a small cupola located in the arbor's center.

Morris Hall

Around the World on the 44th Parallel (Memorial Library)

In three sets of four panels each, Joyce Kozloff depicts cities located near the 44th parallel around the globe. Each four by seventeen-foot panel is composed of foot-square ceramic tiles applied to the wall surface with an adhesive. The project was commissioned through the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places, sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The work was created at the Tile Guild in Los Angeles and installed in Memorial Library in June 1995

 

Nelson Hall Ostrander- Student Memorial Bell Tower

The Ostrander-Student Memorial Bell Tower stands in the MSU campus arboretum. Its construction was made possible by a gift from Lloyd B. Ostrander, a 1927 MSU graduate, his wife, Mildred, and donations from the MSU Student Association and other contributors. The Bell Tower, with its clock, was completed in 1989. Though known as the "bell tower," no bells exist and the music provided is from a carillon.

Year Completed: 1988
Square Footage: 424
Building Cost: $275,453

 

Gravity Wave

Gravity Wave (Leonard A. Ford Hall)

Artist Brower Hatcher created the sculpture in the form of a wave, a gravity wave. A warp in the fabric of space-time appears to deform and dematerialize the brick wall of the Ford Hall. Black glass against the wall at the back of the sculpture reflects layers and objects within the structural matrix which creates the illusion of a hole through the wall. Successive layers of transparent structural "shock waves" project beyond the wall into the Ford Hall lobby. Embedded within these "shock waves" are an array of objects representative of the disciplines and fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, envirnomental biology, biology, botany, astronomy, geology, engineering, chemistry and environmental science. The network of connectivity between the variety of representative components reinforce the ideology that all disciplines are interrelated and that these elements and this progressive combination create a worldview in which knowledge is displayed as a network. This sculpture attempts to combine scientific and artistic concepts into a unified matrix that represents inquiry, observation and analysis and to provocatively announce the wide range of scientific inquiry done within Leonard A. Ford Hall to faculty, students, and visitors.

Otto Recreation Center

Building Blocks (Wiecking Center)

This artwork was dedicated in December, 1990, following the remodeling and expansion of Wiecking Center (formerly Wilson Campus School). Artist Joyce Marguess Carey designed the piece recognizing that much of the remodeling centered on the Family Consumer Science Department and the Children’s House. (Both programs share the east wing of Wiecking Center.) The theme deals with children learning how to build and create new things with their hands and minds, using many materials including building blocks.

Pennington Hall Chthonic

Two of the sculptures on the MSU mall are the works of Arnoldus Grüter, an artist-in-residence at MSU. The black sculpture is titled "Chthonic" was carved on site by the artist from a single block of poured polyurethane foam. "Chthonic" was the first sculpture placed on the new mall.

 

Preforming Arts Center

Kent State - Jackson State Memorial

The memorial on the northwest corner of Morris Hall was dedicated in 1972 to the students who were killed in the Kent State-Jackson State riots in 1970. It states, "HATE, WAR, POVERTY AND RACISM ARE BURIED HERE."

Standeford Observatory Alumni Arch and Plaza

An arch from MSU’s former laboratory school from its lower campus location was incorporated into the design of the plaza near the bell tower. Dollars raised from the sale of almost 500 bricks and a generous donation from the MSU Alumni Association funded the first phase of the plaza which surrounds the arch. Names and sentiments from MSU alumni and friends are represented in the bricks in the plaza, which was dedicated in July 1993.

A sunny day at The Arch

 

Schellberg Gymnasium

The Planter

Located outside of the Earle J. Wigley Administration building. The planter was provided in 1997 through the generosity of: Bolton & Menk, Inc.; Cedar Lake Electric, Inc.; Inspec, Inc.; Johnson Controls, Inc.; Johnson, Sheldon, Sorensen, Architects; L S Engineers, Inc.; Robert & Jean Schramski; and F. J. Zwickey.

 

Taylor Center Shurson Gardens

Located in Wiecking Center’s open courtyard, "Shurson Gardens" was dedicated October 18, 1996, and named after Judy Shurson. Judy, who died after a nine month battle with cancer, was a respected and well liked classified employee who had served the University for 14 years in various capacities as Theatre Arts Business Manager, and finally as office manager and job order controller for Printing Services. On her initiative, Judy had helped transform the neglected Wiecking Center courtyard into one full of flowering plants.

Shurson Gardens is maintained by high school age students in the Upward Bound Program with supervisions provided by volunteers with the Upward Bound staff.

 

Ted Paul Theatre

Spin

The black, cement cast spheres situated at the east entrance of the Trafton Science Center were created in 1993 by Janet Lofquist. The spheres are situated at the entrance, which is graded into an amphitheater like space offering a welcoming entrance to the building.

Steel Sculpture

Steel Sculpture

The Steel Sculpture and its 50 different connections (bolts and welds) is intended to help Minnesota State Mankato civil engineering students learn about typical connections as part of their steel design course, and to help other students and the public better understand the role of the civil engineer in society.

Materials for and fabrication of the sculpture were donated by Central Minnesota Fabrication Inc. of Willmar. Painting of the sculpture was donated by Central Sandblasting Inc. of Willmar.

Read an article on the Steel Sculpture dedication.

Trafton Science Center Vietnam War Memorial

In 1983, the Vietnam War Memorial, located on the southeast corner of Memorial Library, was dedicated by the MSU Vets Club to the veterans of the Vietnam War. The inscription, "For those who fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know," was submitted by John Domeier, a Vietnam veteran; the actual author is unknown. The memorial was designed by Mark Dragan, at that time a junior at Mankato State University, and a veteran of the United States Air Force.

 

Utility Plant Waves

This red steel sculpture, titled "WAVES" was designed by Arnoldus Grüter and fabricated at Jones Metal Products in Mankato . In the artists words "Waves" symbolizes in static form the dynamic action of the ocean and a university. This sculpture was built in honor of Jerry W. Berger, a Mankato State graduate student who was killed in a 1969 industrial accident.

Utility Plant

Pillars

St. Paul sculptor Steven Woodward created this set of eight massive limestone blocks set in grassy berms at the corner of Stadium Road and Ellis Avenue next to the Otto Recreation Center. The amphitheater-like space is a "sculptural landform" as Woodward describes it, and the hulking stones aren't the only clues that it is a work of art. Most of the four-ton blocks are etched with the names of academic disciplines: "Philosophy," "Literature," "Physics," "Theatre," "Astronomy," "Geology," "History." Two of the words - "Philosophy" and "Geology" - are upside down. And one of the stones is blank. Those seeming incongruities have some people asking "Why?" "It's not an in-your-face sculpture. It makes you think. That's the point of an university. The sculptures are foundation blocks, metaphorically reflecting the mission of the university as books nestled within the terraces, and steps and platforms to actively engage the students in a landscape of learning," Woodward explained. The name "Pillars" reflects the students who will physically and conceptually acivate the work," he added. "They are the pillars. The University teaches students to turn a discipline upside down, inside out - to know the discipline thoroughly and from every angle," Woodward said of the inverted words. The blank block represents all of the disciplines that aren't mentioned - "a book open for investigation."

Wiecking Center Letterdance

The public artwork located in three separate sites within Highland Center, is called Letterdance and was created to reflect and to enhance the internationally diverse community of Minnesota State University. Letterdance is made of stainless steel, bronze and brass. Letterdance was made by Alexander Tylevich, from Saint Paul who was paid $112,725 for his services, this represents almost 1% of the $11 Million dollar construction costs for the Taylor Center.
The student lounge site includes colored and stainless cables holding an array of small scale images - letters of different alphabets of the languages spoken at MSU, and a floor design with numerals and translucent glass like strips.
The corridor site has stainless cables which visually interplay with the lines of the track field and incorporate the university's sport song. The wall mounted site forms the abreviation (MSU) and is created by many repetitions of "Minnesota", "State" and "University".

Wigley Administration Building The Mankato State University Mace

The Mankato State University Mace has been made entirely from Minnesota materials in recognition of the value and beauty of the state's natural resources and people. A university mace symbolizes both the university's power to overcome ignorance and prejuidice by seeking turth, and the power of the university's president to protect the university and its community from forces opposed to those goals. The mace used in each graduation ceremony was commissioned and donated to Mankato State by Fred and Karin Block. The mace was created by Phil Swan, a Mankato State University alumnus from Prior Lake, Minn.

 

Rock Garden Outside Ford Hall

A Rock Garden surrounds the latest extension of the Trafton Science Building, Ford Hall. All 82 rock specimens here have been taken from each of the counties of Minnesota. This garden isn't just a sight to look at, but individuals can take a break or study at benches or grass patches scattered through the garden.

 

Abraham lincoln Statue

The statue of Abraham Lincoln, which stands in Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, has a longtime association with the university. The landmark has been on campus since 1926, accord­ing to MSU's archives.

 

Click here to Read Free Press News Article on the "Old Abe" - April 15, 13.