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The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden

Located south of Morrill Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa


The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden is given to Iowa State University by Elizabeth Anderson in memory of her husband, Byron.


The Elizabeth and Bryon Anderson Sculpture Garden is located by the Christian Petersen Art Museum at historic Morrill Hall. The sculpture garden design incorporates sculptures, a gathering arena, and sidewalks and pathways. Planted with perennials, ground cover, shrubs, and flowering trees, the landscape design provides a distinctive setting for important works of twentieth and twenty-first century sculpture, primarily American.  Ranging from forty-four inches to nearly nine feet high and from bronze to other metals, these works of art represent the richly diverse character of modern and contemporary sculpture.

The sculpture garden is adjacent to Iowa State’s 22-acre central campus. Iowa State’s first president Adonijah Welch (1821-1889; President 1868-83) envisioned a picturesque campus with a winding road encircling the college’s majestic buildings, vast lawns of green grass, many varieties of trees sprinkled throughout to provide shade, and shrubbery and flowers for fragrance. Today the central lawn continues to be an iconic place for all Iowa Staters, and Iowa State is nationally acclaimed as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.  The new Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden further enhances the beauty of Iowa State.

  • Please enjoy the garden and sculptures however, we ask you not to touch the works of art.

  • No rollerblades, skateboards, or climbing on the sculptures and pedestals. 

  • The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden is available for viewing year round.


Outdoor works of art can be viewed at any time, interior works of art can be viewed during the  individual building's open hours.


For tour requests, please call 515.294.3342 or email


Introduction to the Gardens and Background Information

Exhibitions and Events




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