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Institutions visually assert their history by the erection of monuments, sculptures, even living memorials (arboreta, such as the University Green and Centennial Woods, and topiary like the UVM entrance landscaping on Williston road) to commemorate important events or to acknowledge individuals who shaped their development. The University of Vermont is particularly rich in the broad spectrum of these memorials, placed in outdoor settings and in public spaces within buildings across the campus.



UVM Boulder, 1848 Placed prominently on a stone pedestal in front of Old Mill, this gray, granite sphere was discovered in 1848 during the building of the Vermont Central Railroad and given to the University as a 'curiosity.' It was viewed in the past as a University 'trophy' ...



Marquis de Lafayette, 1883. This important life-size bronze statue of the Marquis de Lafayette - the French nobleman and soldier who fought with General George Washington and his soldiers during the Revolutionary War- is mounted....



John Purple Howard,1883. A larger than life-size bronze portrait bust of Burlington philanthropist John Purple Howard by sculptor John Hartley was given by the citizens of Burlington to the University of Vermont in 1883. Executed in the style of Roman....



Ira Allen, 1921. This bronze statue of UVM's founder, Ira Allen, was executed by sculptor Sherry Fry, a member of the National Academy of Design who also modeled Ceres, Greek Goddess of Green for the state capital building dome...



The Tree of Knowledge, 1960-61. Created by UVM sculpture professor Paul Aschenbach for the entrance to Bailey Library in 1961 this welded metal sculpture, placed on an elevated pedestal - gift of the Class of 1962 - abstractly depicts various branches...



Kindred Spirits, 1990-91. Visiting artist-in residence George Smith, a Rice University Professor of Sculpture, created Kindred Spirits at the University of Vermont during the 1990-91 academic year. Sited at the entrance to the Robert Hull Fleming Museum...



Lamentations, 1993. (Currently removed for conservation purposes) Given by Vermont artist Judith Brown, this dramatic grouping of five life-size women figures was created in 1989 from welded scrap steel and painted black. A student of sculptor Theodore Roszak...



UVM Catamount, 1998. Sculptor Dennis Sparling created a life-size bronze rendering of the UVM mascot- the legendary catamount- a gift of The Class of 1998. This centrally sited work is placed outside of the UVM Bookstore near the...