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Physical & Intellectual Development statues - Evanston, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 42° 03.686 W 087° 40.620
16T E 443986 N 4656818
Quick Description: Two bronze statues done in 1916-17, by Hermon MacNeil, in front of Patten Gymnasium on the campus of Northwestern University.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/17/2009 2:27:35 PM
Waymark Code: WM6KWJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Physical Development - two stylized men playing footbal, one standing, one fallen. The standing figure's proper right leg is forward, his muscles well-defined. A cape is draped behind him and over his proper right arm. At his waist he wears only a sash. In his proper left arm he holds a ball with a bird on top. The fallen male has his head at the feet of the other man, and his body and legs extend upward behind him. His proper left hand braces his fall, and he wears a helmet and shirt. Around the back of the piece are sculpted vines and foliage.
Inscription on back:
"To strive to seek, to find and not to yield." Alfred Tennyson

Intellectual Development (aka The Scholar) - standing female with torch with eagle atop. Boy seated at her feet holding lyre with turtle shell.
Inscription on back:
"And after all, is not that enough to have lived for? to have found out one true thing, and, therefore, one imperishable thing, in one's life?" Charles Kingsley (This quote refers to Eratosthenes excellent attempt to calculate the circumference of the earth from the shadows of the sun in two different locations, on the solstice.)

MacNeil was commissioned by Patten, a prominent Chicago commodities broker and former Evanston mayor and Northwestern trustee, to design statuary appropriate to athletic aspirations. They were originally placed in front of the first Patten Gym, a much more beautiful and imposing building than the replacement in place now. The original gym (FYI home of the first NCAA basketball tournament on March 27, 1939, when Oregon beat Ohio State 46-33) was demolished in 1940 to make room for Northwestern's new Technological Institute and the new gym constructed at its present location at 2407 Sheridan Road. The statues were relocated to their present location facing Sheridan Road and dedicated during Homecoming Nov 2, 1940.
Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Physical & Intellectual Development

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Hermon MacNeil

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 1917

Materials used: bronze

Location: front of Patten Gym - Evanston, IL

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