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Kent State University Sculptures, Memorials & Points of Interest


As the history of Kent State University developed so did its need to create a collective memory represented by markers and/or sculptures. There are a few modest examples from the 1920s and 1930s: one represents a fraternity's pride in the original front campus in the form of pavers spelling out "Kent" in capital letters; another is an entrance gate memorial to a dedicated professor, May H. Prentice, built with money raised by students during the early years of the Great Depression. 

When the campus expanded in the late 1960s a few sculptures appeared near Taylor Hall. But the events of May Fourth cast landmarks and sculptures at that site into a more somber light: they now served as memorials, mute witnesses of a tragic day. In the early 1970s, an earth work by a pioneer conceptual artist and two commemorative sculptures dedicated to fallen students became associated with the event. In the early decade of the twenty-first century, Kent State's interest in outdoor sculptures by noted artists is evident in two projects commissioned for the area around the science buildings.

Other sculptures of varied materials and scales have been sited on the University Esplanade, part of a new campus initiative to create a path linking to Kent, the city.  The four sculptures of various media stand out as handsome additions to the environment. They integrate with the landscape and buildings and serve as substantial and unique markers for those who encounter them. A link to the Campus Sculpture Map is found here. Below in alphabetical order is a list of campus sculptures and landmarks.

Behind the Brain 

Sculptor/Creator - Brinsley Tyrrell

Engagement with Color

Sculptor/Creator - Mikyoung Kim

Eye to Eye

Sculptor/Creator -  Barry Gunderson
August 2010

Kent Four

Sculptor/Creator -  Alastair Granville-Jackson

Kent Pavers    

Sculptor/Creator - Gift from Kappa Mu Kappa (Delta Upsilon)

KSU Arch

Sculptor/Creator - NA

The Limits of Spoken Language:  Congeries

Sculptor/Creator -  Jarrett Hawkins

May 4th Memorial

Sculptor/Creator - Bruno Ast
May 4, 1990

May H. Prentice Memorial Gate

Sculptor/Creator - NA
January 5, 1935


Sculptor/Creators - Students of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design

Partially Buried Woodshed

Sculptor/Creator - Robert Smithson (1938-1973)
January 1970

Prentice Lot Memorials

Sculptor/Creator - B'nai B'rith Hillel
September 8,1999

Roe Green Lobby Sculpture:  "the light that can be heard. . ."

Sculptor/Creator - Olga Ziemska
October 2010

Solar Totem

Sculptor/Creator - Don Drumm

Spiral Growth

Sculptor/Creator - Janet Lofquist

Starsphere 2010

Sculptor/Creator - Susan Ewing

Victory Bell

Sculptor/Creator - Arvid Johnson (structure)

Walking Together

Sculptor/Creator - David E. Davis (1920-2002)

The Witnesses

Sculptor/Creator - Giancarlo Cailicchia






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