The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden is located outside 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 primarily American twentieth and twenty-first century sculpture. Ranging in size and materials, 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 Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden further enhances the beauty of Iowa State University.
The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden is given to Iowa State University by Elizabeth Anderson in memory of her husband, Byron.