VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Folks stepping onto the Vincennes University campus will see some new additions decorating the landscape.

Three sculptures were recently installed on campus as part of a city-wide project. The First City Public Sculpture Exhibition began in 2020. More than 12 sculptures are located around Vincennes.

“The sculptures bring life to the campus,” Law Enforcement major Spencer Savage said. “They add characteristics to the outside. They add another element to the nature side, and they draw in your eye. Instead of looking at a dull world every day when I’m walking to classes or going to work, I get to see something beautiful that draws my eye to something positive. It makes me think and wonder what the sculpture means.”

A bright blue and white aluminum form titled “Twisted Botanical Wave” is placed prominently in front of the Center for Art and Design. A green sculpture made of plastics, polyesters, epoxies, and fiberglass titled “Abstract #29” greets folks as they enter the Shake Learning Resource Center. And an expressive sculpture of a ballerina made of bundled and welded steel rods titled “Elli3” is now situated in front of the Welsh Administration Building and Governor’s Hall.

“I believe public art is a very important aspect in helping to establish a community’s identity. While everyone may not agree on whether or not public art is beneficial to enhancing the location that the art is placed in, I have seen mostly that it tends to bring people together and give them something to be proud about. At the very least it always starts a good conversation amongst community members.”

VU Art Professor Troy Aiken

A fourth sculpture will be installed during the month of May with a tour discussing the sculptures planned for May 27 at 5:30 p.m..