A Tour of Marquette: Home of the Golden Eagles
A Tour of Marquette: Home of the Golden Eagles
Clues updated 3-13-10
You will be asked to locate the names of sculptures on the Marquette campus. The letters of each name will have a letter and number. These you will use to get the password for the letterbox which is located near campus at a coffee shop. Right now hours are Monday through Friday 8-5, Wednesday 8-7, Saturday 9-2, and closed on Sunday.
Park near 21st and Wisconsin Ave. Head east down Wisconsin Ave. Start on the south side of the street. You will pass the new Dentistry school, then the Blood Center. Feel like being a hero? You could stop in and donate and get treats to fortify you for your walk. You will pass Haggerty Hall. I remember hours that felt like torture in this building. This was not because it was a Calculus class, but because it was a 2pm class on Friday afternoon, and we could see other students already starting the weekend across the street, playing Frisbee, imbibing, with the music turned up. Time slowed enough to make me a believer in the theory of relativity! You will turn right to enter into the campus area by the three flag poles in front of the Raynor Library. The library is home to a large collection of J. R. R. Tolkien’s manuscripts. Cross under the walkway joining the two buildings and turn right at the first sidewalk. At the end of the library, veer right towards the corner of the Olin Engineering Center for our first sculpture. This is a piece created using girders with no identifying nameplate. Any suggestions for a title? Retrace your steps to the intersection and to the right. Climb up the steps to a medieval looking structure. If you continue to the front of the building, you will see that it looks like a medieval structure, because that is what it is. This is the Joan of Arc chapel that was taken apart in France, shipped to the US and re-assembled here on the campus. It is open until 4pm most days. In front of the building is one of many places along the walk that is a nice place to sit and enjoy the scenery. Make your way to the statue in front of the chapel. This is a statue of
A: (1-16, 17. 18.)
Take the diagonal towards Lalumiere Hall. Turn left and head down the stairs. Take the sloping walkway up to the grassy knoll and up to the right to the next sculpture. This is
During my time at Marquette this museum was not here, this was know as Tory Hill and we held our intramural football practices here. Retrace your steps towards an orange sculpture. I encountered a gentleman during my walk, who told me that this was the best sculpture on campus. I clearly did not take art appreciation along the way, what is your opinion?
C: (the sign for this is missing as of 3-13-10)
To the right the next sculpture is
The sculpture critic noticed me taking notes looking at pieces and told me to write down “Ugly” next to this one and even spelled it out for me! Cross through the green ash grove to the next sculpture.
E: (the sign for this is missing as of 3-13-10)
Why does an artist do this? If I had taken that class I might know. Head back towards the art museum sign and turn right towards Wisconsin Ave passing Straz Hall, the business school, on your way. Turn right at Wisconsin Ave and pause at the plaque on the ground in front of Marquette Hall. There is a carillon in the tower that is played every Wednesday at noon and on special events, if you can make it to hear this, it is very cool. Under the listing of the bells is “I am Pere Marquette –“
This is the school’s motto God and River. (So if you are up on your Latin, you can fill this in without stopping here, but I think you should stop anyway!)
Continue east on Wisconsin Ave, to Gesu. This is the home to the parish around the Marquette area as well as serving the student body. Cross 12th St. to the area with a wrought iron fence, we thought this was a pretty area, but have no idea who you have to be to get to use it. If you continue on 12th St. to the front of this building you will find that it s now the Al McGuire Center. In the lobby there is a display of some Marquette athletic highlights. Seashells and balloons as Al would say. His explanation of the expression: "Seashells and balloons is bare feet and wet grass," he once said. "It means a light breeze. You know, a light breeze that would maybe move a girl's skirt a little. It's sweater weather. A malted, you know. A shake. The gentleness of it. The wholesomeness of it. It's tender. That type of thing." Leave this area returning to Wisconsin Ave and head west. Pass the Varsity Theater, and before you reach the Jez Rez, turn right to the next sculpture.
Return to traveling westbound on Wisconsin. Take the next diagonal to your right for the final sculpture.
Return to westbound on Wisconsin. You will be passing McCormick Hall, which for years was a freshman male dorm. I’ll share the tale of a writer from Sports Illustrated about McCormick: “When I arrived at Marquette University in 1984, there were TV lounges on every floor of McCormick Hall, the cylindrical, high-rise, all-male freshman dorm that resembled -- in shape, smell and construction materials -- a 16-ounce beer can. But the TV lounges were bereft of TVs. This owed, we were told, to a single night seven years earlier when Al McGuire led Marquette to the national basketball championship in Atlanta. Residents of McCormick, in downtown Milwaukee, celebrated by throwing their TVs out the windows. It must have been a beautiful tableau, and one that Led Zeppelin would have envied: the sky black with falling TVs, a Biblical rain of Zeniths.” I’m told since then that this is now a coed dorm and I’m assuming a lot quieter than it was back in the day. You will soon pass the Pabst Mansion on your right. This is one of several Pabst mansions, the ones in my neighborhood we call baby Pabsts. Continue back to 21st and Wisconsin. Turn north on 21st to a coffee shop on the corner of 21st and Wells.
This is where the box is located. I highly recommend Saturday mornings for the all you can eat homemade blueberry pancakes!
To get the box, tell the person behind the counter:
(And just a side comment to stir up any controversy, I totally support the change to Golden Eagles - aimlesst - class of 1984)