Today's Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
View more hours

Outdoor Sculptures

The UNI 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.

Outdoor Sculptures

Title Sculptor Location
"Variations on a Theme: Joy" Robert A. Lorr North of McCollum Science Hall
"Towers Art Project" Anthony Padavano South of the Towers Center
"Symphony in Three Forms" Don Finegan East of Russell Hall
"Stage Set for a Film #1" Dennis Oppenheim East of Wellness/Recreation Center
"Porta Largo" Walter Dusenbery South of Strayer Wood Theatre and Kamerick Art Building
"Nature's Secret" Janet Loftquist North of Latham Hall
"Monument to the Elm" John Faust Previously located at the Lutheran Student Center
"Iowa Cycles" Cork Marcheschi Union Plaza among Maucker Union, Sabin Hall, and Wright Hall
"Industrial Technology Sculpture" Robert Engman Northwest of Industrial Technology Center
"Impact of Experience" Ted Egri Between Rod Library and East Gymnasium
"From Tragedy to Triumph" Lewis Balentine Lutheran Student Center
"Environmental Place" Hu Hung Shu East of Schindler Education Center
"Balanced/Unbalanced Beaks" Fletcher Benton North of Business Building
"Architectural and Environmental Symposium" Jason Sweet West of Industrial Technology Center
"Annie Turner Wittenmyer Sculpture" Tom Gibbs East of Lang Hall
"The Acrobats" Edward Whiting Redeker Complex courtyard