Minerva

Submitted by James Barnhill

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Client: Class of '53, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Location: Greensboro, NC, United States

Completion date: 2003

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Artist

James Barnhill

Landscape Architect

Jimmy Wiggins

North State Monument

Overview

Bronze, 2003
9'x4'x4' (19' including pedestal)
Universty of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina

Goals

Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, represents the alma mater (nurturing mother) of the institution. The goal was to create a sculpture to inspire and encourage passing students.

Process

I met repeatedly with the committee representing the class of '53 and especially Dot Kearns as point person. We arrived at a gesture which depicts come, be filled with knowledge, and go forth.

Additional Information

A humorous note about this project is that the students interact with this sculpture in an unexpected way. At the end of each semester, apples are laid at the feet of Minerva for good luck on upcoming tests. This has become a tradition that has been passed down for many years. See Minerva in action via this link: https://youtu.be/ZMdzQ-T72mg