Sculpture Garden

Vera and A. D. Elden Sculpture Garden

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, Arnaldo Pomodoro, and Richard Serra.

In warmer months, the courtyard has outdoor seating open to all.

Top: Scott Burton, Bench and Table, Designed 1988, Carved and polished granite.
Above: Richard Serra, Seattle Right Angles Propped, 1991. Photo by Sarah Larson.