Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Fall/Winter 2012 (November 2012)

Tree of Life


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November 2012

Tree of LifeSculpture by O.V. Shaffer’50

Story: Tucked into the side of a hill behind the Wright Museum of Art, this striking sculpture has more ties to campus than meet the eye.

It was created by O.V. Shaffer’50, whose other metal works—like Winds of Change and Siren—also adorn campus. The prolific artist’s work is noticeable throughout the city as well, with pieces like Celebration and The Landing dotting the riverfront.

Gayle Keefer, a longtime friend of the college, donated Tree of Life in 2010 in memory of her late husband, Beloit College Trustee William Keefer. Prior to its move to campus, the sculpture had been installed at the Keefers’ former home in nearby Rockton, Ill.

Find it: Standing some 7 feet tall, the metal structure overlooks the heavily wooded path from campus to Pleasant Street. Tree of Life is south of the sidewalk, which runs downhill between the Smith Building and the Wright Museum of Art.  

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