Public Art and Sculpture

Alice Nichols

Alice Nichols

Created by artist Tuck Langland commissioned by John Surovek to honor Alice Nichols, a former chair of the university’s art department. “She was as much a friend to me as she was a mentor. I can’t imagine how many other people she helped in the way she helped me.”...

Appeal to the Great Spirit

Appeal to the Great Spirit

The statue, owned by the City of Muncie, is a memorial to Edmund B. Ball. After his death in 1925, his family searched for a suitable memorial to him. They settled on a replica of the “Appeal to the Great Spirit” cast in bronze, and erected on a site just...

Awakening Potential

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...

Beneficence

Beneficence

In its almost sixty years on campus, this bronze statue has become the symbol of Ball State University. It was the last commissioned work of renowned sculptor of his time Daniel Chester French (American 1850-1931), best known as the sculptor of the Abraham Lincoln...

Bison-Tennial

Bison-Tennial

Bison-Tennial Artist, Denise King Lenape Native American design Click here to learn more about the Delaware County Bison-Tennial project. Photo courtesy of Denise King Upcoming Events Download the guide View and download the...

Bronze Baby

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...

Catalyst

Catalyst

Catalyst was commissioned for Minnetrista by Virginia B. Ball to honor her husband, Edmund F. Ball. The design represents partnership, giving and stewardship which were important ideals of Mr. Ball. It was also intended to represent a century of giving by the Ball...

Colonnade Columns

The Colonnade Columns are the focal point of the Colonnade Garden at Oakhurst. The Colonnade Garden was constructed in 1993 and 1994. These columns originally graced the porte-cochere (to the right of the front portico) and the small porch to the left of the front...

Colonnade Gates

Colonnade Gates

The wrought iron Colonnade Gates were commissioned by William and Agnes Ball for their Westwood home. The Colonnade Gates are located near the end of the Colonnade Garden at Oakhurst. The Colonnade Garden was constructed in 1993 and 1994. The gates were designed and...

Columns

Columns

The Indiana limestone columns were once a part of the front portico of the Frank C. Ball home. The home destroyed by fire in 1967. In September 1987, the columns were moved onto their present foundation, to mark the entrance to Minnetrista.  

Courthouse Architecture

The three statues are from the Courthouse which stood at 100 W. Main St. which was built in 1885 and razed in 1966. The Indian or Indian and His Dog and the two women Agriculture and Industry were carved on the Courthouse Square under a tent while the courthouse was...

Depot Lintel

Depot Lintel

Originally from Union Depot located at 630 S. High St., Muncie. The building was demolished in 1990 and the stone along with other artifacts were saved and given to the East Central Reinvestment Corp. which was leading the fight to save the station. ECRC has given the...

Fireflies

Artist Paul Moore Fireflies was sculpted in 1995 and was cast in bronze. Paul Moore is a Fellow and Board Member of the National Sculpture Society. His work is in the U.S. Capital Collection and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, both in Washington, DC. His...

Five Points Fountain

When Hermon Lee Ensing of Philadelphia died in 1899, founder of National Humane Alliance, he bequeathed money to place throughout the United States a series of water fountains for animals. By 1911 about 130 fountains had been erected in cities in 44 states. The...

Forest Idyll

Forest Idyll

Created by Albin Polasek in 1930, Forest Idyll commonly referred to by students as the "naked Lady" the bronze statue facing the south entrance of Bracken Library on the campus of Ball State University. The Statue is a common meeting place for students and even groups...

Fountain of Joy (Rabbit Fountain)

The Fountain of Joy (or Rabbit Fountain) was originally located on the south side of the Frank C. Ball home, Minnetrista. It was moved to the home of Alexander and Rosemary Bracken after the 1967 fire. The fountain was given to Minnetrista in April 1998. It is...

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...

Garfield Statues of Muncie

Garfield Statues of Muncie

Delaware County is fortunate to be the home of Jim Davis, creator of that famous lasagna eating cat Garfield. Garfield turned 25 in 2003 and that summer Muncie threw him a birthday celebration. Twenty-five not-for-profit organizations joined together to commemorate...

Gazebo

Gazebo

William H. & Agnes Metzger Ball built one of the first homes in what became known as Westwood, a housing development in west Muncie. In 1939, the Balls attended the World’s Fair in New York. There they saw a wrought iron gazebo which was designed by an artist working...

Greenway Graffiti

Greenway Graffiti

Organized graffiti artists use bridges and walls along the Greenway as their canvas.   Photo courtesy of The Star Press

Hold On

Hold On

Downtown Muncie Bronze by Steven Clark. Installed 2010. Located in the South Wing of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Upcoming Events Download the guide View and download the latest Muncie, Indiana Visitors Guide! 3700 S....

Illumination

Illumination

The 7 foot bronze sculpture was created in 1998 by Delaware County artist Kenneth G. Ryden. A winged sprite-like figure balances gracefully on a symbolic stack of books. The sculpture depicts the dawn of understanding as revealed in the awakened human intelligence....

Light Symphony

Light Symphony

Colored glass and light are combining to create a mammoth work of art in the foyer of Ball State's Music Instruction Building. The unique 23-by-40-foot 3-D light painting by artist Stephen Knapp (American born 1947). Art critics have called Knapp's lightpaintings the...

Maxi-Antecedent II

Created by artist Lila Katzen (American 1926-1998). Vertically-placed rectangular steel piece with shapes cut out from the top and sides. The cut out pieces remain partially attached and either bend toward the ground or out to the side. Erected 1978. A gift of Mr. and...

McDonald’s Sign

McDonald’s Sign

Installed in 1958 this historic McDonald's sign is one of only two remaining of its kind. The sign was restored in 2006 and again in 2013.  

Night Song

A bronze sculpture by artist Joe Beeler dedicated on December 9, 1998. Donated to the City of Muncie by the Sherman & Marjorie Zeigler Foundation to be the centerpiece of Riverbend Park.

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