Outdoor Art

ARF Mural

Painted by Brian Blair for the Muncie Animal Rescue Fund.

Frog Baby

The bronze sculpture of the chubby-cheeked little girl dangling two frogs by their feet and smiling up at the sky has become legendary at Ball State over the years as a good luck charm and a popular meeting place.

She was cast by the late American sculptor Edith Frog Baby Muncie IndianaBarretto Stevens Parson (American 1878-1956) between 1917-37. Muncie industrialist Frank C. Ball donated the sculpture, and she resided in the Ball State University Museum of Art for many years.

In the past, campus legend had it that if you rub her nose, you would have good luck on your next exam. However, with so many students caressing her nose, she became damaged and was packed away.

In 1993, Frog Baby was restored and placed in the middle of a fountain built on the north side of Bracken Library. The fountain is dedicated to the late Alexander M. Bracken, son-in-law of Frank Ball and a key player in Ball State’s rapid growth after World War II.

No one rubs her nose anymore, but students sometimes bundle her up with scarves and hats in the winter.

Bronze Baby

This sculpture, “Bronze Baby,” was originally on the site of the Frank C. Ball home. Margaret Ball Petty, daughter of Frank C. Ball, later owned the statue. It was created by Brenda Putnam in 1916. The sculpture is currently displayed, during warm weather, in the pool of the Children’s Garden at Minnetrista.

Awakening Potential

This 8 1/2 foot tall bronze sculpture was created in 2006 by Delaware County artist Kenneth G. Ryden. the sculpture features a young girl and boy standing on a stump with tree sprouts emerging from their hands. The sprouting tree symbolizes the awakening potential that lies within a young person. Kenneth G. Ryden is a professional sculptor who has created many public monuments for institutions and municipalities as well as custom bronzes for private collections. He maintains a studio at his Yorktown residence.

X Notion, Like a J

A steel sculpture by Lila Katzen (1926-1998). Gifted to Ball State University by Mr. and Mrs. Sidney M. Feldman 1978.

Wishing Well

Wishing Well Garden MuncieThe Wishing Well was once the focal point of a garden on the grounds of the Frank C. Ball home. It was purchased in Venice by Mr. and Mrs. Ball. The maker is unknown. Following the 1967 fire, the Wishing Well was moved to the home of Alexander and Rosemary Ball Bracken in Westwood. Mrs. Bracken was the daughter of Frank C. and Elizabeth Brady Ball.

After Mrs. Bracken’s death, her Westwood home was given to Ball State University for use as the university president’s home. The bronze Wishing Well was given to Minnetrista in April 1998.

Will O’ The Wisp

The fountain is located at the end of the Colonnade Garden at Oakhurst. The Colonnade Garden was constructed in 1993 and 1994. This garden also includes the Colonnade Gates and the Colonnade Columns. The sculpture shows a girl standing on the back of a turtle. The back of the shell is signed, “Edward Borse, Sc, Gorham Co., GFC Foundries.” The statue is owned by Ball State University.

Unity Bridge

A community project directed by the Mayor’s Youth Council. Local artist Brian Blair painted the hands which were designed by Donnie Adams. The remainder of the piece was painted by the Mayor’s Youth Council members. Located just south of downtown Muncie on Madison Street.

Tribute to Mankind

A 1973 20 foot tall abstract sculpture of Cor-ten steel with red Epoxy by artist Richard F. Kishel

Threshold of Knowledge

Created in 2001 by Delaware County Sculptor, Kenneth G. Ryden, this sculpture portrays a bronze figure of a medical intern stepping through a 10 foot tall stainless steel arch. The arch represents a gateway to new discoveries in medicine and the passage from intern to practitioner. Prepared by years of training, the intern follows the light of knowledge (represented by a flame) into the field of endeavor.

Kenneth G. Ryden is a professional sculptor who has created many public monuments for institutions and municipalities as well as custom bronzes for private collections. He maintains a studio at his Yorktown residence.