Upper Iowa’s Green Goddess

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Walking past the Alexander-Dickman Hall, it is hard not to recognize the giant statue on top of the building. “Peace” is her name. The nine-foot, 250 lb. copper statue is nicknamed The Green Goddess by Peacock students. “Peace” was formed along with five sisters, “Justice,” “Education,” “Agriculture„ “Commerce,” and “Industry.. All the statues were seated except “Peace” and “Industry.”

“Peace” was constructed by artist Robert De Glass. He initially formed the statues to sit on top of the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa. However, in 1957, “Peace” tumbled down from the courthouse when a rusty stabilizing pipe failed. She was then removed and never replaced.

In 1963, the courthouse was demolishd. The four remaining statues were moved to the River Plaza Building in downtown Waterloo. “Industry„ the other standing statue, was apparently been destroyed decades ago. “Peace” was then leased for 99 years to Upper Iowa University for the cost of $1 with the help of Don Kimball, 1960 UIU alumnus and state legislator.

The ‘Green Goddess’ laid on its back in the snow at the rear of Alexander-Dickman Hall for several weeks. Then it was taken to the basement of the Baker-Hebron Science Hall and cleaned and polished before being placed atop the bell tower. UIU’s president at the time, President Eugene Garbee thought that the newly remodeled Alexander-Dickman Hall would be perfect for the statue.

Unfortunately, “Peace” toppled again during a windstorm in March 2004 and impaired her face and head. She was then sent to be repaired at McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratories in Ohio, a process that took more than a year. When repaired, she was housed in the lobby of the Andres School of Education building until she returned to her rooftop home on September 21, 2006, which coincidentally is the International Day of Peace. The reinstallation was a kickoff ceremony for UIU’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

“Peace” is a beacon to all students who get lost in Fayette, as she can be seen from great distances. She is also one of the first things that are seen by visitors to UIU. At night, lights are shone on her to reveal her true beauty. She has truly become a part of UIU’s identity.

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