Good art in public places is one of the hallmarks of a great city. Here are images of sculptures, monuments, memorials, murals, reliefs, fountains and amenities at public places in Chicago... A Blog dedicated to the Sculpture Community of Chicago... Past, Present and Future...
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the statue depicts "a benign and majestic woman in scholastic robes, who rises
from her throne and advances a step with outstretched arms, a gesture of
generously greeting her children". Behind her stand the twin figures of Labor
and Learning, joining hands in a bronze incarnation of the University's motto .. [Learning and Lobor]..
Alma Mater, with the Altgeld Hall in the background..
I had long wanted to see this statue and when I learned that the sculpture would be removed from the University campus for restoration, it was time to plan a trip and make it happen. The statue is severely damaged, with clearly visible cracks and stains.
For more on the restoration, read article .. "Alma Mater to be removed for crack , stain repair" by Lauren Rohr ..click here..
At the base of the sculpture is the quote..
To thy happy children of
the future, those of the past send greetings
Her children arise up and call her Blessed - Proverbs 31-28
Given to the University by the Sculptor, the Alumnia Fund and the Senior Classes of 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929.
A Day Trip to Urbana-Champaign: July 3, 2012.. click here..