Walking around campus, you see a lot of the same old things. Students in line at Chick-fil-A, the parking garages being filled floor-to-floor. Even a power outage becomes routine. What stands out among the monotony you ask? None other than the public art statues around campus. They make you think, and sometimes harder than expected. Here they are ranked from ones that actually make sense to ones we’ve hurt ourselves trying to understand.
10.) The Charging Knight:
Clearly we have a medieval knight on his horse charging into battle. Right outside the Spectrum Stadium, this 17-foot bronze beauty represents the academic drive and athletic teamwork, of the UCF community. It even has a time capsule in its pedestal, making this a timeless (and actually logical) icon for generations to come.
9.) Wind Dancer:
A bit more abstract but still sensible, Wind Dancer shows passersby the mythological beast, the pegasus. See how it’s about to take flight for better days and a better future? It inspires us to do great things, myth or no myth. Being made of aluminum, the statue comes to life on a windy day and especially at night where the lines of aluminum in its curves shine through its spotlights. No philosophy classes needed to understand this one.
This one is more theatrical, sort of a collage of each slice of life. A four-piece, interactive series of sculpture found between the Theater and Music buildings, Cyclorama conveys the drama and music we call life. Like Wind Dancer, this statue also uses negative space and lights at night to project silhouettes, mimicking shadow theater. Plus, it’s art you can sit on; that’s art at its finest.
7.) Flame of Hope:
In front of the John C. Hitt Library is the symbol for carrying the fire. As long as someone puts in the work and leads by example, someone else will follow in their successful footsteps. The only issue with this statue is the “flame” part. It looks less like fire and more like pointy, chocolate soft serve. Could be a ghost’s figure or a flash from a Pokéball too. Abstractions, I choose you!
6.) Bishop & Queen:
Simple looking chess pieces located in the Education Complex courtyard. They feel stoic and noble, but more ominous with their concealed faces. Stranger yet is the fact that they are wearing knight helmets. They might be some obscure underground faction of the Templars. Or they’re just chess pieces that needed to dress the part of a knight for school spirit. Go home Bishop and Queen, you’re pie-eyed.
5.) Reach for the Stars:
At least this Student Union statue knew we would be reaching for something. Instead of the stars, maybe it’s reaching for a place to sit or lunch or the moment when you finally graduate and pay off those students debts. Stars will come later though. Even if this piece looks less like stars and more like something you’d find in the water in Daytona Beach.
Allegedly this is an endless line or its own infinity symbol, but it’s more likely a giant robot’s old shoe lace or used, steel dental floss. Either those, or this was something left over from a couple of blacksmiths and welders at a construction site. It’s the only explanation that’s fitting for good ol’ Under Construction Forever.
3.) Sun Target #1:
These geometry-shaped french fries in front of the Breezeway couldn’t be more stale. Did Ronald McDonald get bored recreating the Dollar-Menu and decide to put all his retirement money into making this life-size model of his World Famous Fries®? We can only imagine what Sun Target #2 looks like. Bah-dah ba-ba-baaaaah! It’s a Mickey Dee’s.
2.) Still Life of Flower:
Fun fact: this statue was inspired by a mishap the artist had while making flowering tea. He woke up one morning to make breakfast and had a stroke of inspiration. When he decided to make himself some waffles, he also decided to press the leftover flowers for his tea in the waffle iron. Sounds more like he had a stroke of madness, or just a stroke. He did get the “still” part right though.
1.) Hermes Gate:
Just outside the Recreation and Wellness Center, students will see… a gate? We get that Hermes could travel between immortal and mortal worlds but did he somehow fly in the wrong direction and end up at Stonehenge? Guess the Greeks still use Windows ’95. Not a lot here to do with Hermes either. Someone didn’t do their social studies homework.
When you’re out and about on campus, stop by and observe these true works of art. Really look and you can appreciate the craft that went into it. These statues took a cut off ear from Van Gogh to make (and think of), but remember, art is a personal expression and is different for that reason. You can try the walls of the library for inspiration in the meantime.
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