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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.