Rod Library--Special Collections
Outdoor Sculpture at the University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa campus features many large outdoor sculptures. Most of these works are the result of Iowa Code 304A.10, which requires that one half of one percent of the budget for new or significantly renovated state buildings be devoted to the purchase of works of art.
Over the last thirty years, local and nationally-known artists have worked in various media to produce the large pieces scattered around campus. The installation of some pieces has provoked storms of critical reaction. Other pieces seemed to fit so well into the landscape that few people noticed them.
Staff in the Special Collections Division of the Rod Library have compiled information and selected images relating to most of the major outdoor pieces of sculpture on campus. If you need more information about these sculptures, other campus artworks, or different facets of UNI history and tradition, please visit or call Special Collections.
- "The Acrobats" (Edward Whiting) - Redeker Complex courtyard
- "Annie Turner Wittenmyer Sculpture" (Tom Gibbs) - East of Lang Hall
- "Architectural and Environmental Symposium" (Jason Sweet) - West of Industrial Technology Center
- "Balanced/Unbalanced Beaks" (Fletcher Benton) - North of Business Building
- "Environmental Place" (Hu Hung Shu) - East of Schindler Education Center
- "From Tragedy to Triumph" (Lewis Balentine) - Lutheran Student Center
- "Impact of Experience" (Ted Egri) - Between Rod Library and East Gymnasium
- "Industrial Technology Sculpture" (Robert Engman) - Northwest of Industrial Technology Center
- "Iowa Cycles" (Cork Marcheschi) - Union Plaza among Maucker Union, Sabin Hall, and Wright Hall
- "Monument to the Elm" (John Faust) - Previously located at the Lutheran Student Center
- "Nature's Secret" (Janet Loftquist) - North of Latham Hall
- "Porta Largo" (Walter Dusenbery) - South of Strayer Wood Theatre and Kamerick Art Building
- "Stage Set for a Film #1" (Dennis Oppenheim) - East of Wellness/Recreation Center
- "Symphony in Three Forms" (Don Finegan) - East of Russell Hall
- "Towers Art Project" (Anthony Padavano) - South of the Towers Center
- "Variations on a Theme: Joy" (Robert A. Lorr) - North of McCollum Science Hall
Created by Susan Basye, Library Assistant
Special Collections and University Archives