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Editor’s Notice: This story first appeared in The Every day Texan’s February 9 print version.



COVID-19 rules have largely stored college students out of museums and artwork installations, leaving some with no tradition repair. However UT’s campus is scattered with artistic endeavors by professors, artists and even a sculpture commissioned by college students.

The Every day Texan has compiled an inventory of spots on campus that present a COVID-safe manner of experiencing the humanities. 

Littlefield Fountain 

Positioned at West twenty first St. and College Avenue, the fountain contains a winged feminine determine on the bronze bow of a ship, mermen and horses rising from the water. An iconic a part of UT, taking a swim in Littlefield Fountain is taken into account a ceremony of passage for some UT college students though UT has stated it’s not suggested. 

The Household Group

On the McCombs School of Enterprise Administration constructing, alongside the south entrance, is a gigantic sculpture titled The Household Group. Created by late UT artwork professor Charles Umlauf, the piece depicts a father, mom and baby — probably the most fundamental financial unit of society. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sculpture

A step off Speedway on the East Mall, between the William C. Powers, Jr. Scholar Exercise Heart and the Jackson Geological Sciences Constructing stands a tall bronze statue of Martin Luther King Jr. The piece stands as a logo for schooling and empowerment. College students led the hassle to deliver the sculpture to campus in 1999, bringing the thought to the previous UT President William Cunningham and elevating nearly all of the funds themselves. 


Cesar Chavez Statue 

Throughout campus on the West Mall is one other student-funded sculpture of Cesar Chavez, an American civil rights activist and labor chief. The piece was the primary statue of a Latino on UT’s campus. The challenge to deliver a statue of Chavez to campus was created and funded by college students.

The West

Farther west on Speedway is a sculpture of two gigantic buoys coated in copper pennies. The artist, Donald Lipski, created the piece to begin conversations as a result of its controversial portrayal.

For journalism freshman Ivy Fowler, “The West” is a UT landmark that by no means fails to make her smile. 

“Personally, I simply discover it hilarious,” Fowler stated. “Each time I see it, I at all times have a great grasp on the place I’m on campus.”


Monochrome for Austin

The notorious canoe sculpture, Monochrome for Austin, stands on the west finish of Speedway in entrance of the Norman Hackerman Constructing. Designed by artist Nancy Rubins, the sculpture got here to UT in 2015. Monochrome for Austin is a gigantic aluminum sculpture created from 70 recycled canoes. 

Girls’s and gender research freshman Mia Hay stated that is her favourite sculpture on campus. 

“I like the way in which they’re held up,” Hay stated. “They department out and kind of cling in an arch over Speedway. They remind me of the movement of concepts working one into one other, supported by the connections between them.”

Barbara Jordan Sculpture

In entrance of the Texas Union is a monument devoted to Barbara Jordan, the primary Black girl from Texas to be elected to the U.S. Home of Representatives. It was the very first statue of a feminine public determine on campus.

Diana of the Chase

On the heart of the Honors Quad is a sculpture of the Roman goddess of the hunt, Diana, capturing an arrow towards the sky. 

Diana represents greater than safety and inspiration for psychology freshman Hannah Carney. 

“It’s a logo of the Quad,” Carney stated. “I like it as a result of it is one thing that united my closest mates. We might decide up fruit, bananas, apples, oranges and provides them to her as choices.”

Etter-Harbin Alumni Heart

Lastly, try the Etter-Harbin Alumni Heart on San Jacinto Boulevard. This secluded spot is residence to many sculptures: a mom and baby, a sculpture titled The Graduate, a sculpture titled The Scholar, a life-size longhorn and extra. Take in some solar and revel in this quiet spot surrounded by stunning artwork.