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Thes cul pt uresl ocat ed around Purdue’ scampus haves omepret t ys pect acul armeani ng t ot hem.The mazehel psal lPurdues t udent ss ymbol i zet hei r j ourneyt hatt heymayhavehere.Somecomet o Purduet hi nki ng t heyknow exact l ywhatt heywant t obe,butast heys t artt aki ng cl as s es ,t heychange t hei rmi nd and deci det ochangemaj ors .Not hi ng aboutcol l egei seas y.Wemus tal lgot hrough t he t wi s t s ,t urns ,and dead-endsoft hemazebutcont i nueon t ot heend ofourj ourney,t heexi toft he maze.


Trans f ormat i on.Thi ss cul pt ures t andsal oneand t al l (i t ’ s40f eett al l )on Purdue’ sAgri cul t uralMal l .Thi s s cul pt urewasdes i gned byFaus t i noAi zkorbeand wasput hereatPurduef ora reas on.Hewant ed t hes cul pt uret o repres entPurduei n a pos i t i veway.Hes ai d hewant ed t he s cul pt uret orepres ent“an evol vi ng,changi ng ent i t y reachi ng new hei ght sand s t ri vi ng t oas s i s ti nt hef ormat i on ofeducat ed,creat i vet hi nki ng s t udent s .Thi ss cul pt orhasmanyworksaround t heworl d,butTrandf ormat i on i shi sf i rs ts cul pt urei nt heUni t ed St at es .


The“Unf i ni s hed Bl ockP”i sa s cul pt ureon campust hat manys t udent sknow about .ThePi smeantt os ymbol i ze t hei mport anceofl i f el ong l earni ng and s el f i mprovement .Purdue’ spres i dentFranceA.Cordova s ai d “The bl ockPwi l ls erveasa remi ndert hateven af t eryou’ vel ef t Purdue,t heeducat i onalexperi encei snevercompl et e. ” It ’ supt oal lofust odet ermi nehow wewentt ocompl et e t hebl ockPi n ourown mi nds .


John Purduedonat ed over$150, 000t ohel pf ound PurdueUni vers i t y.Hi sonl yreques twhen donat i ng t he moneywast hathei sburi ed on campusaf t erhi sdeat h. Today,hi st ombs t ones t andsnextt ot hememori alf ount ai n acros sofUni vers i t yHal l .Somepeopl eneverknew f ors urewhyhi st ombs t oneneverhad wri t i ng on i t .Thi s t ombs t onewasdedi cat ed byt heCl as sof1946and t hey al s ores t ored t hef ount ai nt hati snextt ohi sgrave.


Weal lknow Nei lArms t rong wast hef i rs tas t ronautt o wal kon t hemoon.Af t ercomi ng backf rom t heNavy,Nei l ret urned t of i ni s h hi seducat i on atPurdue.Wi t h hi s greataccompl i s hment shereatPurdueand i ns pace, Purduehad t hehonori ng ofnami ng t hei rnew engi neeri ng bui l di ng af t erhi m and put t i ng t hi ss cul pt ure outi nf rontoft hebui l di ng.


“Ones mal ls t epf orman,onegi antl eapf ormanki nd. � Thos earet hef amouswordsweal lknow s ai d byt he f amousNei lArms t rong.Locat ed out s i deoft heArms t rong Hal lofEngi neeri ng hereatPurdueUni vers i t y, t herei sa t rai lof20moon booti mpres s i ons .Thes emoon bootpri nt sweremol ded f rom us i ng an act ualmoon bootf rom t heSmi t hs oni an.Someoft hepri nt saref ar awayf rom each ot her,hel pi ng t ocreat et hei mpres s i on ofa l eapi ng moonwal ker.


Whata bet t erwayt ohonoryourpett han byput t i ng pl aquebackbyt hes mal lani malhos pi t alhereat Purdue.Thi sal ls t art ed wi t h a dog named Suns hi ne, whowast reat ed hereatPurdue’ sani malhos pi t alf ora cardi acprobl em.Thet eam ofdoct orsgavehert hree moreyearofl i f et oherowners .When Suns hi nedi ed, herownerss t art ed a memori alhereatPurdue.You can haveyourpetburi ed att hememori aland puta pl aqueupon t hememori alt ohonoryourpet .Thi sdog s t at ues t andsatt heent rancet ot hememori al .


Whos ayspeopl ef rom Purduecan’ tri dehors es ? Thi shors edoesnots t and al one.Hes t andswi t h ot herani mal sbackatPurdue’ sani malhos pi t al . Purdue’ sani malhos pi t ali swel l known and many peopl ebri ng t hei rani mal sheret oPurduet ohel p t hem getbet t er.Purduecan t akecareoft hel i t t l e ani mal s ,s uch ast hecat sand dogs ,butt heycan al s ot akecareoft hel argeani mal s ,s uch aspi gs , cows ,and hors es .Wi t hs uch a l argedi vers i t yof ani mal s ,Purdueal l owst hes es cul pt urest o“roam f ree”outi nf rontoft hevetcl i ni ct os how t hevari et yofani mal st heycaref or.


Thi si sones cul pt urehereon Purdue’ scampust hat act ual l ymeansa l ott ome.Overt i me,I’ vegrown us ed t odogs .I’ vehad t hem mywhol el i f e,and I coul dn’ ti magi nemyl i f ewi t houtt hem.Thi ss cul pt ures howst hepurehappi nes ss omeonecan bewi t h a dog.Theycan bet heref oryou when you’ re havi ng a bad day.Theydon’ tt al kbackand are al wayst heref oryou.Att heend oft heday,mydog i sal wayst heref orme,and Il ovet oend myday s eei ng mydog,even i fonl yf ora bri efmoment .


In t heend,yourj ourneyhereatPurduemaybe as caryone.Wemus tal ls t and s t rong j us tl i ke t hes t at uesaround campusand notl etf eart ake overus .Wemus tbebravel i keNei lArms t rong f or s t eppi ng on t ot hemoon and wemus ts t and t al l l i keTrans f ormat i on.Thes cul pt uresaround Purduet el ls omanydi f f erents t ori es ,j us tl i kewe wi l lt el lourown s t ori esaf t erwel eavet hi sgreat uni vers i t y.


Purdue Sculptures