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ANATOMY VESSEL in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: alley off of 530 Columbia Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Dedicated in November of 2008, this cast and fabricated bronze tree reaches twelve feet high. Artist Eric Nordgulen, of Indianapolis Indiana, stated that the environmental statue represents and encourages a more sympathetic relationship for the future between industry, technology and the natural world.

ART GALLERY ALLEY in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: alley between Main and Columbia, off of 5th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana A Lafayette Arts Center Stage initiative in collaboration with nine area artists and public.

Ash Tree Carving

Location: Tippecanoe County Ampitheater
4449 State Road 43 N., West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

Artist Jason Bord. With a diameter of 3 feet and standing 15 feet tall, the tree carving was shaped with chainsaw, grinders and other tools live on site.

Bar Barry Mural

Location: Bar Barry Liquors, 1601 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47904 [map]

This colorful mural brightens up the Five Points area.


Location: Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 S. 10th St, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Designed by Linda Vanderkolk, Grace O'Brien, Darlene M., Linda L., Gail D., Ann O. This hog was one of several on display for the public and community in the Hog Wild series and has found a permanent home welcoming visitors to the Art Museum.

Circle of Stones

Location: Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

An Indiana State Parks Centennial Legacy Project. The stones represent a proud spirit of unity and the people who stood bravely to preserve a way of life. In 2016, Prophetstown State Park unveiled the Circle of Stones site that commemorates the tribes that lived at Prophetstown, including the Ojibwe, Delaware, Kickapoo, Miami, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Shawnee, Wea, Wyandot, Winnebago, Fox, Sac, Creek and Menominee.

Columbian Park Zoo

Location: Columbian Park, 1915 Scott Street, Lafayette, IN 47905 [map]

The Columbian Park Zoo offers a large variety of interactive Public Art. A fountain with a forty-two inch solid granite sphere emblazoned with a map of the world on a water base greets visitors to the zoo. A child’s touch will set the world spinning! You then move on to a meandering river populated by seven beautiful bronze sculptures representing the seven continents. These sculptures, done by Texas artist Darrell Davis, include a bear cub, platypus, orangutan, penguin, alligator, gecko and a trio of baby elephants. A lovely Butterfly Sculpture Garden is located in the middle of the zoo. Three fiberglass sculptures invite children to climb on them and explore. These sculptures are an eleven-foot caterpillar, a ladybug and a butterfly on a flower.


Location: 2410 N. Salisbury Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

Installed summer of 2014 and designed by artists Luke Crawley and Quincy Owens. This interactive art installation applies the idea to how humans form social identities and belief systems based on interpretation of large ideals and shared experiences.  The larger sculptures, in the center of each hexagon, play music composed entirely from audio samples (sometimes digitally manipulated) recorded from “playing” the sculptures themselves.  Along with the music, there are recordings of people responding their own interpretations of the following themes: love, hate, success, failure, forgiveness, and isolation.


Location: 1100 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Lafayette “cRRossings” by local artist Scott Frankenberger is located at the CityBus stop at 11th and Main streets in Lafayette and made from old railroad ties encased in a steel frame. This piece pays tribute to Lafayette’s railroad history standing just feet from where railroad tracks were located before Lafayette’s Railroad Relocation project finished, with the final train cutting through the heart of downtown in April 2001.

Delight of Accomplishment

Location: alley at 320 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Located in Chauncey Village, Gumball Alley, as it was known for years, was transformed by artist Tom Torluemke into a colorful walkway. Torluemke's abstract dual-sided murals depict the history and people of West Lafayette.

Disconnect Mural in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 3rd and Romig streets, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

Covers the side of a hundred-year-old building. Created by artist Zach Medler with a class of eight high school students as part of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) After School Arts Program (ASAP) and the Mural Arts Initiative.

ENVISIONING TOMORROW in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: southwest corner of 4th & Columbia streets, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Artist Dave Caudill says that the sculpture represents different parts of the community coming together for progress. He also mentioned that the 19-foot stainless steel sculpture offers us a "child-like" view as we gaze up into the world above. The sculpture, dedicated in May of 2008 was part of the city’s streetscaping project around the courthouse square.

Soldier's Monument in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Indiana Veterans' Home, 3851 N. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

A monument to honor the nation’s soldiers stands outside Mitchell Hall at Indiana Veterans’ Home in West Lafayette.  The nearly 20-foot-tall monument, built by Mark Kuszmaul, depicts an inverted rifle placed in a pair of boots, topped by a helmet, with a pair of dog tags hanging from the rifle.

Family Fun Sculpture in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 500 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Dedicated in October 1992, the farm family sculpture is constructed of various tools and items that you would find on the family farm. Created by Linda Vanderkolk and Roy Patrick. The family oversees the farmers’ market that takes place nearby three days a week as well as the other downtown events. Enjoy the Farmers’ Market mural at the northeast corner of Fifth and Columbia streets. (see below)

Farmers Market Mural in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 500 Columbia Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana This hard-to-miss mural is painted on the side of Lahr Apartment Building and is heavily shaded by large stately trees. Recently repainted in 2011, the mural adds a splash of color to the already colorful Farmers Market that runs on Fifth Street two days a week from May through October.

Fishtail Dance in West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 350 N. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Trailside park area along the Wabash Heritage Trail at North River Road, between the West Lafayette exit ramp from the Harrison Bridge and the Williamsburg on the Wabash Apartments. This sculpture by Indiana artist John Mishler was dedicated in September of 2007 to compliment the Wabash Heritage Trail. The sculpture is 15 feet tall, weighs 800 pounds is made out of stainless steel that has been textured. The surfaces have been painted to relate to the nature that surrounds it in the park and river. The kinetic movement of the top two parts reminds one of dancing, thus the title, “Fishtail Dance”.

Fleur-de-lis Crosswalk in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 10th and Main streets, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana The Fleur-de-lis Art Crosswalk was designed by Petronio Bendito and Linda Vanderkolk, and turned into a community project with over 75 people painting with stencils during two Mosey Down Main Street events in the summer of 2015. The Crosswalk pays tribute to Lafayette’s French roots.

Four Seasonss with Bennett's in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Bennett’s Greenhouse, 3651 McCarty Lane, Lafayette, IN 47905 [map]

The mural was created as a ‘Sprouts’ activity for the Fall 2015; ‘Sprouts’ is a Bennett’s sponsored program to engage and educate young people on plants. The “four seasons” concept was designed to symbolize the year-round services of Bennett’s Greenhouse. This collaborative effort between the Sprouts and Bennett’s staff made a memorable day to brighten the building façade, just as plants and flowers do in the landscape. As an added touch, participants put their handprints on the mural as a spring flower, summer leaf, fall leaf, or winter snowflake.

Harmony in West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 920 E. State Street, Lafayette, IN 47905 [map]

On the grounds of Haan Mansion is a sculpture garden. It includes over twenty sculptures from notable Indiana artists. The sculptures range in form and media, including: bronze, stone, clay, and steel. Most pieces are under 8 feet tall to provide guests with a more intimate experience. It is free and open to the public every day, complementing the nature trail that is on the Museum grounds. The nature trail is home to 30 species of native Indiana trees, identified and labeled. Visitors can learn more about the art in the Garden, but also enjoy some of Indiana's natural beauty, as well.

Harmony in West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Purdue Research Park, Vistech One Building, 1435 Win Hentschel Boulevard, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

This work of art, created by Pat Mack represents business people working together in a high tech innovative atmosphere. The material mirrors high tech applications and the cubes are wrapped around an imaginary axis to demonstrate innovation and creativity.

Heron in West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Celery Bog Nature Area, 1620 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

Artist Jeff Laramore. The City of West Lafayette polled the public to find out what they think of when they think of the Celery Bog and Heron was decided. The "Heron" stands at the entrance into the park and welcome visitors to this unique, natural wonder.

Inner Alley in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: alley just east of 518 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Through the Tippecanoe Art Federation's After School Arts Program Mural Class and Mural Art Initiative program, local artist Zach Medler worked with area students to brainstorm, design and create the mixed media mural. This is the fourth mural in Tippecanoe County made possible through the Federation's arts and educational programming.

Iron Sharpens Iron, West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Faith Community West, 1920 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

The lower FE is colored red representing the blood that Jesus Christ shed for those He loved. The upper FE is orange depicting the heating of iron as it is transformed into a new shape. In the same way that iron sharpens iron, one person can sharpen another by loving those around us. Artist Ben Sutter. Ben has a number of local installations including "David Ross" on Main Street across from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse and "Point of Departure" in the West Lafayette Village.

 Jammin Mural in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: in the alley between 638 and 640 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Part of the the Mural Arts Initiative through Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Mural artist, James Werner and Jefferson High School students painted the mural.

 Jazz Action Heros Mural in Lafayette, Indiana in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Brent’s Bench, 229 S. 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

Part of the the mural arts program through Tippecanoe Arts Federation. The music-themed piece was spray painted by a group of 10 teenagers in the after-school course.

 Kiss the Frog Game in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 S. 10th St, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Designed by J. Bousman, C. Maley, C. Moore, P. Nycz. This frog was one of several on display for the public and community in the Frog Follies series and has found a permanent home welcoming visitors to the Art Museum.

Launced Ribbon in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 1300 Kossuth Street, Lafayette, IN 47904 [map]

Launched Ribbon stands 14’ tall, is made from aluminum “ribbons” with riveted patches of painted aluminum on a steel framework. Designed by nationally known artist Dorothy Gillespie and gifted to the City of Lafayette by the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, restoration funded by Alcoa-Lafayette Operations.

Letting People In Mural, in West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: corner of Northwestern and State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Artist Alexandria Monik. "Tells a story about how when you let good people in your heart, it can change the world around you," says the artist.

Liberty & Prosperity Bicentennial Torch in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Ivy Tech, 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette, IN 47905 [map]

This memorial sculpture is a metal replica of the Tippecanoe County Bicentennial Torch that was carried by the bearers during the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay through Tippecanoe County and the state. The sculpture was designed and constructed by the School of Technology’s Welding Program students under the supervision of the program chair as a service learning/community engagement project. The sculpture was dedicated to law enforcement and firefighters who protect and defend our community.

Sonya L. Margerum Foutain in West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Tapawingo Park, 100 Tapawingo Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Dedicated in 2006, the fountain is a tribute to Sonya L. Margerum’s two-dozen years of service as mayor of West Lafayette. Beautifully lit at night, the fountain resembles the shape of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse that can be seen in the skyline east of the fountain.

Marquis de Lafayette Fountain, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: corner of 4th and Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana In 1887, a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette atop a fountain was added to the courthouse square. The sculptor was Lorado Taft. Today, this space has become a place to relax and enjoy the scenic views and sounds of Downtown.

Migration Statue, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 437 South Street, Lafayette IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Artist: Timothy Spencer

Sundial in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Installed to commemorate the Millennium as part of the Millennium Celebration. The sundial is approximately eight feet tall and is mounted on a four-foot square base of limestone weighing approximately 2,500 pounds.

Most Precious Offering in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Memorial Island at Columbian Park, 1915 Scott Street, Lafayette, IN 47905 [map]

Dedicated in May 2007, this bronze sculpture is a memorial to area soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and honors the parents who nurtured their soldiers from infancy. Donated to the city of Lafayette by artist, Saundra Whiddon, the sculpture features a baby swaddled in an American flag and lifted to heaven by its parents outstretched arms. A combat helmet rests next to one of the arms as a reminder of their ultimate offering. A granite base under the sculpture lists the names of area soldiers who died in combat.

Mythic Wabash in West Lafayette, Indiana

50 N. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Local artist Craig Martin worked with Cary Home students to create the mural. Martin's design depicts the "Mythic Wabash," provoking the imaginations of the community. Of the project, Martin states, "It's really something that has grown from beginning to end... I never imagined it would get so much attention and so many people would stop by to share their appreciation.

Ouabache Sculpture in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: East side of the Wabash River on the Union/Salem Streets bridge, Lafayette [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana This sculpture stands 31 feet high and is made of aluminum. It was created by Richard McNeely, a local Lafayette artist, to represent the point represents Lafayette and one point represents West Lafayette with the curve in the middle representing the Wabash River. The sculpture was created in 1976 when Lafayette was celebrating 150 years as a city.

Bauer Mural in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Bauer Community Center, 300 Fountain Street, Lafayette, IN [map]

Artists: with the Guidance of Zack Medler, 12 students in the Tippecanoe Arts Federation’s After School Program designed and painted on the side of Bauer Community Center.

Playtime in the Park in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Columbian Park, 1915 Scott Street, Lafayette, IN 47905 [map]

The Curly Q slide at Columbian Park dates back to the 1930s or 1940s and had long been a favorite of residents through the years. However, when that part of the park was being renovated and the new SIA Playground was constructed, the slide no longer met current playground safety standards. It was decided to make the Curly Q slide into a sculpture. The slide was painted in bright yellows, blues, and oranges to match the colors of the adjacent SIA Playground. Steel cut-outs of toys, including sleds, skateboards, ice skates, roller skates, bicycles, unicycles, pogo sticks and rocking horses, were welded to the slide. There are also cut-outs of a monkey, ducks and frozen custard included in the sculpture. All aspects of the sculpture bring back fun memories of the slide and other activities that have happened in the park. According to Roy Patrick, the artist, "The slide was just too good to get rid of. It just brings back a flood of memories to people." Playtime in the Park Sculpture was dedicated on July 2000 and residents can still enjoy gazing upon the Curly Q slide and reminiscing of time spent playing at the park.

Point of Departure in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 218 South Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Local artist Ben Sutter used recycled materials donated by the Oscar Winski company to construct the all-metal structure. The title of the piece is "Point of Departure" which refers to a crossroads in one's life.

Sandhill Cranes in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 133 N. 4th Street,  Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana This usuable piece of artwork was created by artist Timothy Spencer and installed in the Spring of 2011. Spencer had long watched Sandhill Cranes stop along the Wabash River, and decided to create art that people could use. The result is a public bench made up of silhouettes of Sandhill Cranes, flying and on land.

Seagulls in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Scotty’s Brewhouse, 352 E. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Created by Michigan artist, Cynthia McKean, the artwork, made of structural steel, features three spiraling, lighted columns of birds in flight.

send in West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: West Lafayette Post Office, 610 W. Navajo Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

Located on the east side of the West Lafayette Post Office. Artist Craig Martin painted the colorful, large mural made possible by the West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission. The theme is communication.

Seurat Mural in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: throughout downtown Lafayette

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana A public art installation that seeks to integrate street art into communities by focusing on small neglected spaces. Various artists.

St. Frances Satue in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: St. Elizabeth East, 1701 South Creasy Lane, Lafayette, IN 47905 [map]
Location: St. Elizabeth Hospital Campus, 1508 Tippecanoe Street, Lafayette, IN 47904 [map]

These statues, titled "The Spirit of Saint Francis”, have become the hallmark of the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services facilities. Sufi Ahmad created the design of the statue while a faculty member at St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ahmad conceived the idea for the statue almost 20 years before it was actually commissioned in 1995. It presents St. Francis, known for his generosity and love of all creatures, kneeling with his arms outstretched and surrounded by birds.

Sporky in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Historic Five Points Fire Station Museum, 1511 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

Designed and painted by Terri Duncan. This hog was one of several on display for the public and community in the Hog Wild series and has found a permanent home welcoming visitors to the Historic Five Ponits Fire Station Museum.

Square Root  in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 1100 State Street, Lafayette, IN 47905 [map]

The Wallace Triangle Neighborhood's small, but beautiful green space known as Curtis Island showcases the steel sculpture "Square Root" by artist Greg Meyer. Lifelong resident Sam Curtis tended plantings there until his death in 2005. In memory of Sam, the sculpture was selected and donated in 2007 by his family to the neighborhood because it replicates the beauty of the adjacent trumpeter vine that climbs the light pole and they found it to be an interesting juxtaposition of nature's art to man-made art in a rigid medium.

State of Denial in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 409 S. 4th Steet, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

Artist: Andrés Arízaga Cordero. This mural is a memorial tribute to all native people of North America. It is a demand to modern societies that based their life style on a state of constant denial, a life style that is implanted in forms of spectacles and consumerism. The subject matter of the mural is the depiction of Native Americans in an environment foreigner to them although they once lived in what is now the state of Indiana. Under the two portraits, there lays an uncanny youth dressed up in costumes to convey the advanced stage of consumerism and spectacle. They are like zombies in this world, walking with no identity or reflection. In addition to the figures, the space that contains them and where they coexist represents and exaggerates our modern cities. This empty warehouse is where decay takes place and disguises the co-existence of nature and peoples, dragging both to a reality where their cultures and memories are not allowed to partake of History.

Tapawingo Travelogue, West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Tapawingo Park, 100 Tapawingo Drive N., West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Artist Eric Nordgulen. This public art work of an early canoe, standing on stilts is made from shiny metallic metal and represents the history of the Wabash River. The statue was dedicated at the 2015 Wabash Riverfest and made possible by the city’s Redevelopment Commission.

Tippecanoe County Courthouse, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 301 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana On top: Goddess of Justice Under clock: four statues representing each season Pediments: George Rogers Clark, George Washington, Tecumseh, Agriculture Justice and Education The shape of the building is a large 150 foot Greek Cross. From the ground to the top of the statue, the building measures 226 feet. Indiana limestone and brick were used for the construction of the walls. Cast-iron beams and supports, as well as the finest woods were used. Courthouse Building in downtown Lafayette, Indiana The Courthouse has one hundred columns, nine pieces of statuary and a cast iron dome containing four large clock-faces and a bell. The statue on top of the dome stands 14 feet high, is hollow inside, and made of sheet metal. The original specifications for the Courthouse described the statue as the Goddess of Liberty, holding a shield and sword. Some people believe that the statue was meant to be a statue of Justice, holding a set of scales. The statue is now holding scales that were found in the clock tower during restoration.

Together Mural, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Bauer Community Center, 300 Fountain Street, Lafayette, IN [map]

The Together Mural represents a kids' vision of the world along with timeless themes of hope and working together. Zack Medler and more than 30 kids at Bauer Community Center created this work of art at the community center’s building. The mural is part of the (TAF) After School Arts Program (ASAP) and the Mural Arts Initiative.

Transcend, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 220 N. 3rd Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Transcend, carved from Indiana limestone, measures 6 feet tall and weighs around 1,500 lbs. Don Lawler, of Stephensport, Kentucky, created the statue to represent the community who wish to excel in their personal, business and spiritual affairs. Dediated in November of 2008.

Tribute to David Ross, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 320 Main Street Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Located directly across from the courthouse, "Tribute to David Ross" by artist Ben Sutter pays tribute to David Ross. This 9’ tall steel constructed gear sculpture honors David Ross’ automobile gear inventions. David Ross majored in Engineering at Purdue, established three manufacturing companies in Lafayette, contributed land for the Ross-Ade Stadium and the Purdue Airport.

Trompe drama Masks in Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Civic Theatre, 313 N. 5th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Designed and painted by Troy Logest, the mural was completed in 1989. The Mural is visible from N. 4th Street and has served as a tribute to the Civic’s image, and its contribution to the arts in this community.

Two Cities Mural, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: in the alley between 638 and 640 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Part of the the Mural Arts Initiative through Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Mural artist, James Werner and Jefferson High School students painted the mural. Juried and selected through the Lafayette Public Art review committee and funded by the city with TIF money, in cooperation with Tippecanoe Arts Federation.

Twyckenham bridge mural, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: under the Twyckenham overpass, off of S. 9th Street, Lafayette [map]

The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is working with at risk youth to help beautify the city of Lafayette. The surface has several squares where they are painting pictures with different themes, such as literature, music, and architecture

Wabash Heritage Trail, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: under the Union Street Bridge, Lafayette side, along the Wabash Heritage Trail [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana This mural is not visible from the road. You must exit the bridge onto Canal Road and park directly north of the bridge in the allowed space. Then take a short 1 minute walk under the bridge. Local artist Troy Reutebuch worked with Mural Art Initiative Coordinator David Raymer, and students at Cary Home to create the mural. The Mural Art Initiative is a collaborative educational outreach program that serves area under served and at-risk youth populations. The three primary objectives of this multi-faceted program are to: beautify community areas, visually promote the clear benefit of arts in the community, and provide life-long positive impact on all project participants.

Tapawingo Travelogue, West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 S. 10th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana This jagged, glistening sculpture of stainless steel was chosen by Dave Caudill to portray the Wabash River as it connects Lafayette and West Lafayette. Caudill, of Louisville, Kentucky, designed the piece to attract passersby to the Art Museum by reflecting the sunlight during the day and the streetlights and other nearby lights at night. The piece was installed into an overhang on the Ninth Street side on the museum in October of 2007.

Watchtower, Cairo, Indiana

Location: W. 850 N., West Lafayette/Cairo [map]

The Russian Bomber Watchtower in Cairo, was commissioned in 1952 by the U.S. Air Force. During the Korean War it was manned 24 hours a day by 90 people, working in shifts, who would keep watch for Russian aircraft since there wasn't a national radar system at the time. The tower still stands, but due to its very poor condition you are not permitted to climb. There is also a large limestone monument of a man, woman and child looking skyward.

West Lafayette Pool Mural, West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 1200 N Salisbury Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

Artist Craig Martin. Mural is untitled.

West Lafayette Public Libary Mural, West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 208 W. Columbia Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47906 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Artist Craig Martin painted this mural in Autumn of 2012. Martin’s untitled piece is located in the rear of the library along Northwestern Avenue. This outdoor landscape begins with a dark, ominous forest and travels into sun kissed field. Throughout the mural, Martin painted the names of 40 children’s authors such as Judy Blume, E.B. White and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Who's Watching Who, West Lafayette, Indiana

Location: 1792 W 200 N, West Lafayette, IN 47906 [map]

Created by Jane DeDecker, the bronze sculpture of children and animals watching each other was cast in early 2000. It was installed and celebrated as part of the Lilly Nature Center at Celery Bog Nature Area dedication in May 2000.

World Split Asuder, Lafayette, Indiana

Location: Riehle Plaza, 200 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 [map]

located in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Indiana artist, Mark Parmenter, designed the sculpture that was dedicated on September 11, 2003 as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. This 12 foot tall sculpture contains four elements: representations of the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, the Pennsylvania crash site and the earth. The top sections--the towers and the Pentagon--are made of welded aluminum; the bottom, from limestone. The artist carved the earth in a limestone globe and split it into two sections. The limestone was sealed with a clear urethane finish. The sculpture was made possible by contributions from the public and private sectors.

Purdue University Public Art


Amelia Earhart, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located outside the dorm and dining court that bear her name. [map]

A symbol of one of Purdue University's most famous icons now has a permanent home on campus. This bronze statue of Amelia Earhart stands eight feet tall and holds an airplane propeller. The statue is a duplicate of one made by California artist Ernest Shelton in 1969. Earhart worked at Purdue from 1935 to 1937 as a counselor for women and as an adviser to the Department of Aeronautics. She disappeared in July of 1937 while flying over the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to fly around the world.

Stephen C. Beering, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located on the east side of Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education. [map]

Dedicated in September 2003 to honor Stephen C. Beering, President Emeritus who retired from Purdue in 2000 after 17 years as president.

This sculpture features four iron railroad tracks, which are suspended from a tripod with a bronze torso at the top. A Maltese cross, cut out of the torso, lies beneath the rails on the ground. The railroad tracks reflect the Purdue ties to and support of transportation, advanced communication and the spirit of progress. The torso represents Beering and his role in transferring this spirit to the students of Purdue. The cross on the torso symbolizes that the president was at the heart of this effort, working with self-sacrifice and patience.

Purdue Bell Tower, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located south of Elliott Hall of Music, north of Memorial Mall. [map]

Dedicated in October 1995, this 160 foot brick-clad and steel frame structure is a modern interpretation of the original Heavilon Hall tower before it burned.

Purdue’s first bell tower was a fixture of Heavilon Hall. Four days after the building’s dedication in 1894, the building was completely destroyed in a fire. As myth goes, the second bell tower was erected in the new Heavilon Hall to be "one brick higher," but it actually came out to be about nine bricks higher. The tower included a clock and four bells. In 1956, Heavilon was torn down and rebuilt without the bell tower. The clock and the bells were preserved and those bells now hang in the new bell tower. They sound at various intervals during the day to signal class changes, and play music at 12:20 and 5:00 p.m. The old clock sits in the atrium of the Materials and Electrical Engineering Building.

Boilermaker, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located north of University Drive, across from Ross-Ade Stadium. [map]

An 18-foot bronze statue of a historically accurate boilermaker greets visitors to Purdue athletic facilities. Sculptor Jon Hair of Cornelius, NC began work on the statue in 2003 on behalf of an anonymous donor who wanted to present Purdue with a statue of the world's largest boilermaker. The university researched several old photographs and newspaper articles to ensure the statue would depict what real boilermakers wore when they worked in boiler rooms in the 19th century. The statue weighs 5,400 pounds.

Brickheads in West Lafayette, Indiana

Located in front of Yue-Kong Pao Hall. [map]

Artist James Tyler, an Indianapolis native, sculpted the two heads of clay in his studio in New York. The heads were cut into blocks, kiln-fired and reassembled on site over stainless steel pins. The materials are resistant to rain, snow and other outdoor wear and tear. The Purdue sculptures are designed to emit nature’s sounds as people pass, such as wind and flowing water. Bryan Pijanowski, a professor of forestry and natural resources, provided audio recordings from a nearby wetlands.

Class of 1939 Water Sculpture

Located center of the Purdue Mall, east of Hovde Hall. [map]

The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture is a popular spot on campus was dedicated in 1989. The concrete sculpture is 38 feet tall and has 280 colored lights to illuminate the water and stainless steel cylinder. When on, the fountain jets upward 588 gallons of recycled water per minute.

John Purdue Statue, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located directly across from University Hall, on the Memorial Mall. [map]

John Purdue, the benefactor of the University, requested that he be buried in front of University Hall. Thus the grave serves as a monument to him and the university he loved. However, he did not get to enjoy much of his university as he died on opening day of classes in September of 1876.

The fountain was donated by the Class of 1894 and the Class of 1946 had the fountain renovated as its 50th reunion gift.

Continuum, West Lafayette, Indiana

Locatioed in front of Lynn Hall, facing Harrison Street. [map]

This life-size bronze sculpture is a depiction of the enduring relationship between humans and animals. Commissioned by the school in 1998, Continuum features seven distinct pieces, including a variety of life-sized animals and humans. It was designed by Larry Anderson who created the sculpture in his studio near Seattle, WA over an 18-month period. Continuum is approximately 45 feet long and at the top of the cave section is nine feet high. It was paid for by private gifts and dedicated in September 2000.

distant paths, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Founders Park. [map]

Artist: Preston Jackson. The bronze and stainless steel piece of art is located at Founders Park and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts.

Flight Memorial, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at the Purdue University Airport, 1501 Aviation Drive, Lafayette, IN 47907 [map]

The memorial is dedicated to those students, graduates, and faculty who have lost their lives while pursuing their dream of flight.

Kaikoo VI at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Pickett Park, corner of McCormick Road and W. Stadium Avenue. [map]

This sculpture, created by artist Betty Gold, was brought to Purdue by the University Visual Arts Committee. It was installed in 1987 and has moved to various locations around campus. Kaikoo VI is an abstract sculpture of bisecting rectangles, triangles, and half-circles (both positive and negative shapes). It is constructed from cold-rolled steel and painted red.

John Purdue Statue, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located east of University Hall and south of Memorial Fountain and John Purdue’s grave. [map]

Dedicated in April 2013. The statue was made possible through support from Purdue alumni and friends. Designed by Illinois-based sculptor Julie Rotblatt-Amrany.

John Wooden, West Lafayette, Indiana

Northwest side of Mackey Arena
900 John R. Wooden Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907 [map]

A statue of Hall of Fame basketball player and coach John Wooden. The statue is gift of alumnus Jim Hicks and was designed by Julie Rotblatt-Amrany of Highland, Illinois, portraying Wooden during his playing days.

LIFE, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Stewart Center [map]

Artist: G.J. Busche. Installed in 1946, this carved limestone relief sculpture faces west into the Memorial Mall.

Kaikoo VI at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Pickett Park, corner of McCormick Road and W. Stadium Avenue. [map]

Artist: Joey Manson. Limits is an abstracted figurative sculpture referencing disabilities, relationships, and motion.

Loeb Fountain, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Founders Park, west of Memorial Mall, north of State Street. [map]

This fountain was constructed in 1959 to honor Solomen Loeb, a local merchant, with money donated by Bert and June Loeb. It was originally placed in front of Hovde Hall. It was later moved to the center of Founder’s Park where it was dedicated in 1994. The fountain is made of granite and uses 2200 gallons of recycled water per minute.

Lions Fountain, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located southeast of the Stanley Coulter building, near Oval Drive. [map]

Donated to the University by the class of 1903 and was refurbished by the Purdue Reamer Clhb in the 1990s. It originally was a drinking fountain; however, now it is just a fountain.

Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Loated at Pickett Park, corner of McCormick Road and W. Stadium Avenue [map]

Artist Don Lawler. This monumental 13 foot tall piece is made of limestone with gears and wires underneath. This piece beacons park users to climb into the palm and view the campus from a new perspective.

McGinley Fountain, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Discovery Park at the north end of the long open lawn between Mann Hall and the Bindley Bioscience Center. [map]

The fountain and its glass imagery were designed by Eric Ernstberger, principal and cofounder at REA. The imagery on the glass was selected in an attempt to generally capture iconic features from the Purdue campus and its programs without incorporating specific information.

Neil Armstrong Statue, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Armstong Hall, 701 W. Stadium Avenue. [map]

Located in front of Neil Armstrong Hall, this bronze sculpture of Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong by Chas Fagan depicts Armstrong as an undergraduate student of the 1950s. He is sitting on a stone plinth and wearing a windbreaker, Oxford shirt, khaki pants and penny loafers. His right hand is on a small stack of books, and his slide rule is removed from the case and ready for use. Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon, is gazing over his left shoulder at a trail of sculpted moon boot impressions and other symbolic features.

Silver Bow, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. [map]

Silver Bow, by artist Deborah Butterfield, appears to be a life-size horse replica scrupulously fashioned from weathered and tangled tree limbs. But it actually is made of brass and weighs 1,700 pounds.

Spirit Arch, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located on the eastside of Stanley Coulter. [map]

Artist: Phillip Shore. The Spirit Arch is the symbol of our passage to a new millennium. This addition the Purdue campus is the result of a joint effort between the Class of 2000 Senior Class Gift and the Visual Arts Committee.

Sycamore Arch, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Pickett Park, corner of McCormick Road and W. Stadium Avenue  [map]

Created by Ken Thompson, made from limestone and stainless steel; two strong and secure materials which will endure throughout history. These materials represent the strength Purdue University offers students as they travel their educational path. The acquisition of knowledge, like an arch, is a connection between two points. In this work, the arch connects the base foundation made of solid stone to a column of multiple materials reaching upward; education provides a similar path. Purdue University is an arch connecting a student’s foundation to a path reaching eternally upward.

Mark Wallis Statue at Purdue, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at 1198 Third Street, corner of Third Street and Martin Jischke Drive. [map]

Sulpture by Arizona artist Mark Anthony Wallis, name should be anounced Fall 2014. The 7 foot sculpture honors three women for their commitment to Purdue; Linda Hurd Ewing, former associate dean of students; Sandra Kay Monroe, director of university undergraduate advising; and Betty Mitchell Nelson, dean of students emerita. The sculpture was made possible by a gift from Purdue alumna Marylu McEwen, who worked in the Office of the Dean of Women from 1970 to 1974 as a graduate intern and later as a full-time counselor.

Tired Boy, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Windsor Residence Hall. [map]

This statue, located in Windsor circle, was donated in 2003. The sculptor, L. Bracony, was inspired by an incident during World War I. He noticed two people, a small boy and a woman, how had stopped in the midst of the bombing to rest. The statue stands as a symbol of faith.

To be Held, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Pickett Park, corner of McCormick Road and W. Stadium Avenue. [map]

By artist Bruce Neimi, To Be Held is a large stainless steel piece which is positioned near the road and depending on the time of day a passerby can be dazzled by the sun playing off the metal.

Transformation, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located on the Agricultural Mall, north of the Horticultural Building. [map]

This 40 foot, 20 ton bronze sculpture was a 50th anniversary gift of the Class of 1952. Renowned Spanish artist, Faustino Aizkorbe, designed it and this is his first commissioned work in the US. Viewed from above, the sculpture appears to be unfurling and creating a symmetrical pattern. This symbolized what Aizkorbe refers to as “Purdue’s continued evolution and changing nature, supported by the strength of its heritage.”

The Voss Model, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Discovery Park, 610 Purdue Mall. [map]

The VOSS Model is a scaled model of the solar system.  The goal of the model is to carry out education, research, and outreach in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and closely related fields.  The model follows a Fibonacci Spiral Path, allowing visitors to take a journey through the solar system, stopping at each planet’s plaza.  Each plaza has an artistic sculpture of the planet, with a plaque containing educational and inspiring information.  Each plaza’s base has a representation of constellations.  The model itself caters to students, with hopes to learn more about the solar system, educators, with goals to inspire their students to learn about space, and the community, with intentions to use the model as a relaxing, and visually aesthetic environment.  The VOSS model is a versatile collection of art and education that will continue to inspire visitors for years. Artist is Jeff Laramore.

Unfinished P, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Academy Park, north of Stewart Center.

The 8-foot tall bronze sculpture is a likeness of Purdue's iconic Block P, but only partially finished. The Block P, a trademark of the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band, made its first appearance on the football field in 1907. The sculptors, Rick and Rita Hadley from Moments in Bronze in Otterbein, Ind., cast the Unfinished Block P statue to appear as if it were carved out of stone.

When Dreams Dance, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located outside on the south side of Schleman Hall. [map]

Three alumnae of Purdue who were inspired by former deans, Barbara Cook and Beverly Stone, donated a sculpture in their honor. The sculpture was created by Louisville artist Dave Caudill and was dedicated in December 2004.

Zig, West Lafayette, Indiana

Located at Pickett Park, corner of McCormick Road and W. Stadium Avenue. [map]

Artist Ken Thompson. Corten steel and galvanized bolts.

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