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Alma Mater, Urbana

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Alma Mater, a bronze statue by sculptor Lorado Taft, is a beloved symbol of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The 10,000-pound statue depicts a mother-figure wearing academic robes and flanked by two attendant figures representing "Learning" and "Labor", after the University's motto "Learning and Labor." Sited at the corner of Green and Wright Streets at the heart of the campus, the statue is an iconic figure for the university and a popular backdrop for student graduation photos. It is appreciated for its romantic, heraldic overtones and warmth of pose. The statue was removed from its site at the entrance to the university for restoration in 2012 and was returned to its site in the spring of 2014.
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  • As THE symbol of the University of Illinois, the statue attracts a lot of visitors, especially during graduation week. If you are visiting, especially staying at the Illini Union, don't forget to...  more »
  • We are alum and always enjoy taking photos in front of Alma Mater. We swapped picture taking with another former student who was visiting. Illini Nation!  more »
  • One of my favorite places in Illinois is the U of I campus. It's nice, relaxing, and all around great
  • 10/10 would take pictures with this statue again. If you're taking pictures for graduation, I recommend going early in the morning to avoid crowds and heat.

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