NORMAN CAMPUS SCULPTURES Near Jacobson Hall The unique design of the sculpture, The Pastoral Dreamer, constantly draws people to it. Oklahoma City artist David Phelps, who earned an OU MFA, uses a style in which parts of his sculptures appear submerged below the plane on which he sets them, presenting a sequence to be completed in the mind’s eye. The Pastoral Dreamer usually day dreams just outside the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center, but will be in this spot north of Jacobson Hall while construction near the Stuart Walk is ongoing. Sculpted of hand-fabricated steel, Lunar Watch is located south of Jacobson Hall. The piece was created by American sculptor Sally Helper and was given to OU in 2006 by the Alumni Association. At the entrance to the Parrington Oval May We Have Peace, an 11-foot-tall bronze sculpture of an American Indian man holding aloft a peace pipe, greets visitors to the Norman campus’ Parrington (North) Oval. The late Allan Houser, a native Oklahoman and internationally renowned artist, created the sculpture. Near the Reynolds Center/Stuart Walk/Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Reclinada Chac, situated along the Stuart Walk near the Museum of Art, is a bronze by Mexican artist Felipe Castañeda. A gift from President and Mrs. Boren, the sculpture is an example of the subject matter for which Castañeda has become well known – quiet, contemplative women. Huguenots, a steel sculpture by John Massee, is also on the Stuart Walk. It is a gift of the Everett Foundation Fund in honor of Alice Allen Everett.
The Sacrifice of Isaac (south of the entrance to the Lester Wing of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art) is by Israeli artist Menashe Kadishman. It is a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Simon A. Levit and family. Sphinx, (north of museum entrance) is a sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The sculpture, which is 10 feet tall and weighs 1.5 tons, is a gift from the late Jerome M. Westheimer Sr.
Interlocking Triptych, a 15-foot tall Oklahoma granite sculpture by Jesús Moroles, is located on the northwest lawn of the museum. It is a gift of Ellen and the late Jerome M. Westheimer Sr. Mustang (Mesteño) is a fiberglass sculpture by the Latino contemporary artist, the late Luis Jiménez, and is located on the museum’s northwest lawn. It was given by the Wanda Otey Westheimer and the late Jerome M. Westheimer, Sr. A life-sized bronze of Donald W. Reynolds by OU artist-in-residence Paul Moore, is at the main entrance of the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. The Dance, created by OU alumna Kim Walker Ray, is the centerpiece of a fountain at the south entrance of the School of Dance studio in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Near Evans Hall Looking out over Parrington Oval, the larger-than-life bronze statue of George Lynn Cross stands in front of Evans Hall where he officed as OU’s seventh president for nearly 25 years. Paul Moore created the sculpture.
West of Evans Hall is the sculpture, MV-HA-YV (a Creek word that is pronounced ma-hi-ya and means “A person who teaches”), by William W. Haney Jr. Robert Lusch, former OU business dean, and his wife gave the sculpture in honor of the late Helen Robson Walton, a 1941 OU business graduate. The Guardian, located west of Bizzell Memorial Library, was created by internationally recognized American Indian artist and former Oklahoma legislator Enoch Kelly Haney. The sculpture is a replica of the 22-foot bronze sculpture that stands atop the Oklahoma State Capitol building. Sculptures near the Oklahoma Memorial Union The late U.S. Speaker of the House Carl Albert, who rose to the highest government post of any Oklahoman, is memorialized in this statue created in 1995 by artist-in-residence Paul Moore and erected on the east side of Oklahoma Memorial Union. The statue is a gift of Wanda Bass and the late Clark Bass. Paul Moore’s four-foot sculpted head of first OU President David Ross Boyd is installed in the plaza on the west side of Oklahoma Memorial Union. The Gossips, by noted sculptor Henry Marinsky, is located between Oklahoma Memorial Union and Buchanan Hall. The bronze is a gift from President and Mrs. Boren. Between Bizzell Memorial Library & Adams Hall Homeward Bound, a bronze depiction of a Navajo woman with her sheep and dog crossing a bridge, is by the late Allan Houser. The bronze was a gift from OU graduates Earl and Fran Ziegler and is the centerpiece of the Peggy V. Helmerich Park. .
On or near the Van Vleet Oval The Seed Sower, a 12-foot bronze sculpture at the entrance to the Van Vleet (South) Oval is the work of Paul Moore and a gift from Regent Jon Stuart and his wife, Dee Dee. Moore used photos of OU’s first president, David Ross Boyd, as the model for the sower’s face. A second Seed Sower, a gift from President and Mrs. Boren, is at the gateway to OU-Tulsa, and a third Seed Sower is at the west entrance to the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. The statue of William Bennett Bizzell, OU’s fifth president, was a gift of the Class of 1943 and the creation of the late OU art professor Joseph Taylor. The statue stands watch over the library that bears Bizzell’s name A gift of the Class of 2007, Disc Ruin is a 12-by-10-foot carnelian granite sculpture by noted artist Jesús Moroles. It is located on the north end of the Michael F. Price Walk on the South Oval.
A statue of Oklahoma publisher Edward L. Gaylord (1919-2003) stands near the east entrance to Gaylord Hall, which anchors the southeast corner of the South Oval. Gaylord Hall is home to the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Northwest of Ellison Hall Winona, a bronze and marble sculpture by noted Navajo artist, the late R.C. Gorman, is his largest sculpture and considered one of his greatest works. It was given to OU by Kathryn and Robert Simpson.
Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Statues of four of OU’s Heisman Trophy winners, Jason White, Billy Sims, Steve Owens and Billy Vessels, are located in Heisman Park, east of the stadium. OU’s latest Heisman Trophy recipient is Sam Bradford, who won the award in 2009.
A guide to the sculptures on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus, brought to you by the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.