The Lawrence University campus is home to numerous works of public art.

These artworks are unique pieces that provide opportunities for community building and conversation among students, faculty, staff, and visitors and extend the intellectual life of our university beyond the classroom. 


A cone of overlapping perforated steel plates viewed from the bottom up
Chris Cornelius, Otāēciah (Crane), 2021, view from inside the sculpture

Otāēciah (Crane Sculpture)

Located on the west side of Kaeyes Mamaceqtawuk Plaza

Chris T. Cornelius (Oneida), 2021 

The form of  Otāēciah references a crane, one of the five traditional Menominee clan symbols. The perforated and patinaed steel panels, modeled after woodland textile patterns, overlap like a bird’s feathers. Menominee beadwork designs, created with elements of geometric patterns, are prominently featured. The decorative shapes that crown the piece signify ceremonial regalia. The sculpture points directionally toward the present land of the Menominee Nation. The three inside posts supporting the sculpture represent LUNA’s motto: “We stand together— stronger together.” This work was dedicated on Indigenous People's Day in October 2021.

Chris Cornelius is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design practice serving Indigenous clients.

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Otāēciah Sculpture Pronunciation Guide

Audio guide: Menominee elder Dennis Kenote provides pronunciation for Otāēciah.

Menominee Orthography: Otāēciah 
International Phonetic Alphabet: ɔtɑːʔt͡ʃijɑʰ 
Pronunciation guide: o-TAA-chee-ah 
Translation: Crane

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Kaeyes Mamaceqtawuk Plaza Pronunciation Guide

Audio guide: Menominee elder Dennis Kenote provides pronunciation for Kaeyes Mamaceqtawuk 

Menominee orthography: Kāēyas mamāceqtawak 
International Phonetic Alphabet: /kajæs məmɑːʔt͡ʃɪtɑwək / 
Pronunciation guide: Ka-YES muh-MAA-chi-TA-wuk 
Translation: Ancient people that move 

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Plaza and Sculpture Word History

Audio guide: Menominee elder Dennis Kenote provides history on the language of the words Otāēciah and Kaeyes Mamaceqtawuk.


 

A trio of large, bright yellow tripartite arches, placed close to each other on a patch of green grass.
Aerial Landscape, Rolf Westphal, 1988 (reinstalled 2014)

Aerial Landscape

Located on the west side of the Wriston Art Center

Rolf Westphal, Frederick R. Layton Distinguished Visiting Professor in Studio Art, 1988 (reinstalled 2014)

The trio of structures that comprise part of Aerial Landscape are abstract metaphors for the prow of a Finnish kirkkovene, a “church boat” that was used to ferry rural inhabitants to Sunday Mass. The four lower bollards contrast the heroic triptych, inviting viewers to have a more intimate experience and, as they peer through the darkened glass, a revelation of imagined landscapes inside each box.

Aerial Landscape was taken down in 2010 for much-needed repairs and conservation. Thanks to the support of anonymous donors, Lawrence University was able to initiate a restoration project in the fall of 2013 and all components of the striking sculpture were re-installed in late summer 2014.

Learn more about Rolf Westphal's life and work


 

Black Roman numerals arranged in a half circle on a stone wall; an ornate arm intersects the half circle in the middle and casts a shadow onto the numbers.
The Merrill Hall Sundial, Main Hall

Merrill Hall Sundial

Located on the south side of Main Hall

Milwaukee-Downer College and Lawrence College consolidated in 1964. This sundial, formerly on Merrill Hall (now part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus), was moved in 1973 to the south side of Main Hall by the Milwaukee-Downer College Class of 1932.


 

Interlocking spirals of crimped metal hanging in front of large windows.
Actual Size Artworks (Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades), Place to Place, 2009

Place to Place

Located in the Warch Campus Center

Actual Size Artworks (Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades), 2009

This sculpture is in the form of two intertwined, tapering spiral staircases. A winding, indirect path is meant to be a metaphor for the experience of being a student, and the resulting cocoon-shape refers to the supportive environment at this university.


 

A stone sculpture of a woman waving her right hand above her head.
Colleen Madamombe, Waving Woman, 2000s

Shona Sculptures

Located in various places around campus, indoors and outdoors

Seven of these sculptures were donated in 2009 by the David Barnett Gallery in Milwaukee; six more will be transferred to Lawrence from the Trout Museum of Art and installed in 2022. Shona sculpture refers to a contemporary movement of stone carved pieces created by trained artists in Zimbabwe. The artists use hard, dense stone including serpentine, verdite, sandstone, granite, and steatite in rich greens, browns, blacks and grays. The contrast between rough cut, textured areas and burnished, high gloss surfaces are a distinctive feature of the carved sculptures.

  • Hurvis Crossing
    • Jorum Zinyeka  (b. 1976 in Gokwe), Proud of My New Hairstyle
    • Rangarirai Makunde (b.  1969 in Masvingo Bikita District), Resting Man
  • Memorial Hall
    • Washington Msonza (b. 1966 in Domboshava), Traditional Dancer
    • Colleen Madamombe (1964–2009, born in Harare), Waving Woman
    • Esau Karuru (b.  1979 in Mashonaland West), Beggar
  • Colman Hall Courtyard
    • Wilbert Samapundo (b.  1976 in Nyanga), African Girl
  • Riverwalk Trail
    • Picket Mazhindu Bumhira (b. 1968 in Seke), Mother and Child

 

A patinaed metal sculpture of a girl in a dress and hat sitting on the ground
Sculpture of a girl in Hawthornden

Hawthornden

Located between Colman Hall and Brokaw Hall

A beloved grove of hawthorn trees on the Milwaukee-Downer College campus known as Hawthornden was recreated near Colman Hall. The space was rededicated in 1991 and the Milwaukee-Downer College Class of 1961 gave the sculpture of a young woman sitting in grass in honor of their 40th reunion.

Learn more about Hawthornden, part of the Milwaukee-Downer College legacy

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Otāēciah | This is Lawrence

"Otāēciah," a permanent installation on Lawrence's Kaeyes Mamaceqtawuk Plaza, is dedicated to the Menominee Nation and their ancestral homelands (on which Lawrence's campus is located).

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