Vera and A. D. Elden Sculpture Garden
Top: Educators discuss Louise Nevelson’s Sky Sentinels (1976) in the Vera and A. D. Elden Sculpture Garden. Above: Jene Highstein, Truncated Pyramid, 1989, Carved marble.
Situated between the Smart and Art History buildings, the sculpture garden offers a modern take on the classic quadrangles found around the University of Chicago’s campus.
The courtyard, which was renovated in 2008 under the direction of landscape architect Chandra Goldsmith and UrbanLab, features a distinctive, sloping hill and a patchwork of green grass, native plantings, and river stones. It is home to contemporary sculptures by notable American and European artists Scott Burton, Jene Highstein, Richard Hunt, Louise Nevelson, and Arnaldo Pomodoro.
In warmer months, the courtyard has outdoor seating for our café.