There are many sculptures and statues on the grounds of William & Mary.
David H. Turner's sculptures
Located in the Crim Dell, the 4 foot sculpture "Great Blue Heron with Marsh Wren and Turtle" was made by William & Mary alumnus David H. Turner, class of 1983. It was donated by Ben Field, class of 1957. The statue features cattails and a turtle on the base. The statue went missing in September 2006 after Hurricane Ernesto went through campus and was found at the bottom of the Crim Dell. The Canada Geese sculpture is located next to the Alumni House on Richmond Rd. Soaring Eagle is in the Sadler Center atrium and the Memorial Garden Dove is in the Memorial Garden near Lake Matoaka.
James Monroe Statue
The James Monroe statue, located outside Tucker Hall just east of the Senior Walk, was dedicated on April 23, 2015. The statue was a gift of William & Mary alumni Carroll and Patty Owen in honor of the class of 1962.
The statue is made of bronze and shows Monroe protecting a globe in his right hand, referring to the Monroe Doctrine, and a frieze around its base depicting important moments in his life. Eight panels show scenes from Monroe's life such as his student experience at William & Mary from 1774-1776, Monroe at the Battle of Trenton, his diplomatic experience, as secretary of war, and as president of the United States. The statue was the first in a series of commemorations of the 200th anniversary of James Monroe's inauguration in 1817.
The statue was sculpted by Gordon Kray, class of 1973. Kray has created other sculptures on campus including the replica of the Botetourt statue on the Wren Yard, The [Marshall-Wythe statue at the law school, and the Pierre Charles L'Enfant Statue in the atrium of Alan B. Miller Hall.
King and Queen Gate
Donated in the 1920's by Mary Cooke Branch Munford, first woman member of the Board of Visitors. Women at William & Mary these statues of King William III and Queen Mary II stand atop brick pillars which flank a driveway behind Tucker Hall off Richmond Rd.
The original statue of Lord Botetourt is now located on the ground floor of Swem Library. A reproduction was erected in front of the Wren Building in 1993. Lord Botetourt was so revered by the Virginians that in fact they erected a statue in his memory which stood first at the Old Capitol building and then was purchased by William & Mary in 1801. Barring a brief period during the Civil War when it was moved to the Public Asylum for safety, it stood in the College Yard until 1958 when it was removed for protection from the elements, and then installed in the new Earl Gregg Swem Library in 1966 in the Botetourt Gallery. A replica created in bronze by College of William & Mary alumnus Gordon Kray, class of 1973, was installed in the College Yard in 1993 on Homecoming weekend.
A statue of John Marshall and George Wythe is located at the main entrance to the Law School. It was created by Gordon S. Kray, class of 1973, and was a gift of Robert Friend Boyd, class of 1950 and J.D. class of 1952, and Sara Miller Boyd, class of 1954. The statue was dedicated on October 7, 2000.
Muscarelle Museum of Art
Known for its early American and European portraits and works on paper, the Muscarelle Museum of Art's treasures span the centuries, and the permanent collection includes more than 5,500 works of art. The Muscarelle is also host to a spectacular variety of traveling shows. Above all, the Muscarelle is a teaching facility, where the academic program is considered when building the collection and planning exhibits. Faculty members are frequent collaborators who give gallery talks or classroom lectures based on the exhibits.
Curled Up C
This abstract sculpture by Lila Katzen consists of two curving forms, one of light-colored, buffed stainless steel and the other of Corten steel that weathers to a rich textured brown. The two large vertical shapes lean diagonally against one another establishing a single point of contact before curling away, each in its own distinct form. This work was created in 1979 by Lila Katzen, an American artist known for her large-scale, site-specific sculptures. Her works have been exhibited at some of the nation's foremost museums and, in 1981, a duplicate of Curled Up C was installed in the courtyard of the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. Curled up C has been part of the Muscarelle Museum of Art collection since 1990. Since then, the sculpture has become an integral part of the visual aesthetics of the Museum and campus.
Designed in 1979 by the College's Sculptor-in-Residence, Robert Engman, "Oliver" is named after the son of Miles Chappell, Chancellor Professor Emeritus of Art History. The sculpture is adjacent to Andrews Hall and Barksdale Field. The dimensions of Oliver are 156 h. x 96 w. x 96. d . ins. (396.5 x 244.0 x 244.0 cm). (Source: Miles Chappell)
Rev. James Blair
The Reverend James Blair, A.M. (1655-1748) was the founding president of William & Mary. Sculptor: Lewis Cohen, member of the faculty; a tercentenary gift to the university. It was dedicated October 21, 1993, during Homecoming.
J. Seward Johnson's sculpture "Spring" was installed at William & Mary in 1979. At some time prior to 1991, the letter held by the figure Tina in the sculpture was broken off. A transcription of the letter from "Spring" at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio (June 2008):
Hi! you wouldn't believe how
much I miss you! I am having
a great time here but I do
wish you were here.
Next month we go on
vacation and I will be home
to see you and I hope you
still Love me. So what's new
in town? Last week Bill
met a girl and Broke up
with Sue. Even if I see
a good looking girl I think
of you and I will never
break up with you.
I hope you don't Break up
with me for Some one else.
The statue of College alumnus Thomas Jefferson was given to William & Mary by the University of Virginia to celebrate the connection of Jefferson between the two institutions. Jefferson went to school at William & Mary from 1760 to 1762 and was a member of the Board of Visitors. He later helped to establish the University of Virginia in 1819. The statue was dedicated on November 11, 1992 as part of the College's Tercentenary Celebration and was placed between Washington Hall and Tercentenary Hall (later renamed McGlothlin-Street Hall). John T. Casteen III, President of the University of Virginia, College President Timothy J. Sullivan, and Hays Watkins, Rector of the Board of Visitors, were in attendance at the dedication. The University of Virginia has a similar statue of Jefferson between their Darden School of Business and the Law School. Both statues were created by Lloyd Lillie, a professor at Boston University.
Casteen learned from an article by William & Mary History professor Ludwell Johnson that before Jefferson died, he took out a $17,000 loan from William & Mary to settle his debts, but was unable to pay it back before he died. Even a deed of trust on Shadwell, Jefferson's birth place, in 1876 could not settle the debt owed to the University. As a result, the University was in financial peril and had to close in the 1880s. Therefore, Casteen mentioned that he hoped that the debt would be forgiven with the donation of the statue.
The dedication plaque includes a quote by Jefferson. "I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man." The plaque goes on to read "This statue is a gift of the University of Virginia to Jefferson's Alma Mater on occasion of its 300th Anniversary, 1993. Dedicated November 11, 1992."
Tyler Family Garden
In recognition of the Lyon Gardiner Tyler legacy - and a family legacy to William & Mary that spans three centuries - a garden was dedicated at the university April 30, 2004.
The Tyler Family Garden includes bronze busts of three members of this extraordinary family - Lyon Gardiner Tyler, the 17th president of William & Mary; his father, the 10th U.S. President, John Tyler, who served as rector and chancellor of the college; and Lyon Gardiner Tyler's grandfather, John Tyler, Sr. who served as the 18th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Tyler Family Garden is part of an endowment gift from Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Ruffin Tyler, son of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, to the university's history department. The garden is located outside James Blair Hall, the building on campus that houses the university's history department, now named the Harrison Ruffin Tyler Department of History.
The Tyler family's affiliation with William & Mary began in 1704 when the grandfather of U.S. President John Tyler, also named John Tyler, attended the university. His son, the governor of Virginia from 1808 to 1811, and his grandson, the U.S. President, also studied at William & Mary. Harrison Tyler's father, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, earned degrees from the University of Virginia but was awarded an honorary degree from William & Mary at the end of his 31-year term as the university's president.
In all, about 30 members of the Tyler family have attended William & Mary.
- Buildings and Grounds--Sculptures, University Archives Subject File Collection, Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries
- The Flat Hat, 13 November 1992, p. 1-2.
- Buildings and Grounds--Sculptures--Statue of Thomas Jefferson, University Archives Subject File Collection, Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries
- Jefferson Returns to William & Mary, Alumni Gazette, Winter 1993, p. 2.
Materials in the Special Collections Research Center
The Flat Hat, William & Mary News, and Alumni Gazette:
- Blair and Botetourt statues to be dedicated AG, Sept. 1993, pg. 3, 6 (picture).
- Statues of College leaders to be dedicated at Homecoming WMN, 9/1/1993, pg. 6.