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Seeing sculptures and getting steps since the 1970s

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  • June 07, 2021

sculpture retro insideIn the late 1970s, two students chatted next to “Untitled” by Michael Frohock, a sculpture made of COR-TEN steel installed in the Mini Park 1976. Other sculptures in the Mini Park include life-size, detailed figures of former UAB presidents Joseph Volker, S. Richardson Hill and Charles McCallum.

UAB’s campus is home to more than 35 statues or sculptures, housed behind residence halls, in green spaces, by libraries and in the Mini Park, among other places. Many are works by well-known artists, like Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti, creator of Birmingham’s famous Vulcan statue, and Frank Stella, Brad Morton and Be Gardiner.

This summer, walk one of three two-mile trails to glimpse some of the beautiful outdoor public art on UAB’s campus, each catalogued on a specialized Google Map created by the UAB Reporter.

Each trail takes about 30 minutes to walk — perfect for a morning before work, during the lunch hour with co-workers or after hours while waiting for traffic to die down. You can find Michael Frohock’s “Untitled” on the West Campus/Alys Stephens Center trail, which focuses on statues and sculptures located near the Collat School of Business, the Humanities Building and Alys Stephens Center, which is home to several sculptures.