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Campus Mall

UMC Campus Mall Aerial ShotUMC's Mall has become the nucleus of the campus. The buildings that make up UMC skirt the Mall area, providing a sheltered, courtyard-like space. Because of this and its centralized location, the Mall has become a convenient, attractive gathering space. Picnics, concerts, and other outdoor activities are some of the more common events to take place here. In spring, summer, and fall, the flower gardens scattered across the Mall help make the it an ideal area for a break from work or study.

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The mall and gardens were designed by Thomas M. McCall, former Superintendent of the Northwest School of Agriculture during the 1920's. In the early 1990s the Mall was redesigned with sidewalks and spectacular flower gardens.



Campus Mall

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Achievement and Aspiration Sculpture

Installation of the sculpture near the library was completed in the fall of 1981 and it was moved to the Mall in 2002. Sculptor Stanley O. Johnson of Grand Forks designed the piece. Johnson, a former associate professor of art at the University of North Dakota, was well-known for his sculpted works on the UND campus.

The sculpture, hewn from Minnesota granite, reaches 30 feet into the sky from its five foot base. The piece was never officially named, but the grants application and related documents referred to it as the "Achievement and Aspiration" monument.

The sculpture was completed at the Cold Spring Granite Company near St. Cloud, Minnesota. Created in three pieces and with a total weight of 22 tons, the sculpture arrived on campus in the fall of 1980 and was erected over the early summer of 1981.

The cost of the project was approximately $30,000. Funding came from a grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board and from private donations.

Following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the Crookston Daily Times, Sept. 10, 1981.

Johnson explained his philosophy behind the design.

"This sculpture represents to me the idea of self-development in that the form begins with a defined body of material and progresses in upward stages of refinement to the maximum height attainable for its beginning size. As each stage rises, a further refinement occurs, showing productive activity with the waterfall and internal light," said Johnson.

"This is not too different from the development of an individual toward becoming a professional in his chosen field. The rough corners are trimmed and reshaped. The inner glow begins and confidence flows to pass security to others. If everything continues to work, his or her light penetrates further, and with more inspiration, to more people, " continued Johnson.

Although the cutting of the granite was done at another location, all construction is being finished on the campus near the library and Dowell Hall.

When completed, the sculpture will be the only large scale outdoor piece of its type in northwest Minnesota.

UMC Campus Mall - Achievement and Aspiration Sculpture - Stanley Johnson Artist PhotoAbout the Artist: Stanley Johnson, a native of Crookston, graduated from Crookston High School in 1938. In 1954 he completed a Master of Arts Degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He was subsequently appointed an instructor of art at UND that same year. He served as the chairman of the UND Art Department from 1965-67 and again from 1971-75. He was commissioned to complete six sculptures for the UND campus during his tenure.


UMC Campus Mall - Achievement and Aspiration Sculpture - Disassemble PhotoIn September 2002, crews worked to disassemble the granite sculpture near the UMC Library. The sculpture had been moved across the street from the library to allow for the expansion of the Kiehle Building. It was reassembled nearby on the northwest edge of the mall.



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