The Godfrey campus of Lewis and Clark Community College is home to the Monticello Sculpture Gardens, an extraordinary collection of major works of public art. Adding to its rich cultural heritage story, the Gardens are minutes away from the departure point for the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. They benefit from an equally amazing backdrop of historic architecture designed by Theodore Link in 1889 for the Monticello Female Seminary, one of the oldest women’s colleges in the country. The first bronze sculpture by Hillis Arnold entitled “New Heritage” was installed in 1969 in the Signature Garden Terrace, and the most recent addition, “Winged Figure Ascending” by Stephen De Staebler was dedicated in 2012 in the Godfrey Bosque.
Since 2001, Terra Design Studios sited and designed the landscape for nine outdoor sculpture installations, most notably works by Richard Hunt, Deborah Butterfield, Magdalena Abakanowicz, and Stephen De Staebler. We paid careful attention to providing each piece a created or borrowed landscape that intrigued the student body, supported the artist’s vision, and enriched the cultural fabric of the surrounding community.