Tuesday, July 3, 2012

UIUC [ Alma Mater - by Lorado Taft]

Alma Mater - by Lorado Taft
Unveiled on Alumni Day, June 11, 1929..
Location: UIUC Campus, Altgeld Hall
corner of W Green St. and S Wright St.
where UIUC is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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..

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