Caption: Book - 30 Year Master Plan (Tilton & O'Donnell)
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THE TAFT ALMA MATER GROUP
The Alma Mater group, designed by Lorado Taft, '79, was unveiled at an impressive dedicatory ceremony held south of the Auditorium, on Alumni Day, June I I , 1929. The group is the gift of the sculptor, the Alumni Fund> and the senior classes of each year from 1923 to 1929. The figure of Alma Mater, which is ten feet high, stands with out-stretched, welcoming arms in front of a great chair across which two figures representing Labor and Learning clasp hands. On the front of the base appears this inscription, suggested by Mr. Taft: ALMA MATER TO THY HAPPY CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE THOSE OF THE PAST SEND GREETINGS On the west side appear these words: GIVEN TO THE UNIVERSITY BY THE SCULPTOR THE ALUMNI FUND AND THE SENIOR CLASSES OF
On the east side: HER CHILDREN ARISE UP AND CALL HER BLESSED On the back of the chair is the seal of the State of Illinois, and on the breast of Alma Mater is the University of Illinois emblem. The group is cast in bronze, and stands on a granite pedestal designed by Mr. Piatt.