UCCS Landmarks Scavenger Hunt

Campus Landmarks and Points of Interest

Welcome back to UCCS! To help you explore, the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association put together a special scavenger hunt for you and your family to discover points of interest across our beautiful campus. Below, find a description of seven landmarks across UCCS.

The Ent Center for the Arts Sculpture Walk

According to the Ent Center, “The Sculpture Walk is an outdoor extension of The Space(s) Between Exhibit surrounding Ent Center for the Arts on the UCCS Campus and Pulpit Rock Open Space. It currently features 10 outdoor installations, murals, and more from artists.”

Tava Trail

The Tava Trail is located just above the Recreation and Wellness Center and extends north to south from Alpine Village to Mountain Lion Way, exiting just to the west of parking lot 431 near Summit Village. Check it out to enjoy spectacular views of Pikes Peak and campus.

The Foucault Pendulum - Osborne Center Atrium

The Foucault pendulum, named after the French physicist Leon Foucault, originated in 1851 as an experiment to show the rotation of the Earth. Foucault’s pendulum provided a dynamic, easy-to-see demonstration, and today Foucault pendulums are located in many science museums, planetariums and educational facilities around the world. The pendulum in the Osborne Center was created by artists Po Shu Wang and Louise Bertelsen.

Mountain Lion Sculpture at El Pomar Plaza

UCCS’ iconic mountain lion statue was donated to the University by benefactor Chan Bergen, in honor of his late wife, Melitta. From 2004 to 2016, the Mountain Lion stood in front of the University Center. In 2016, it was relocated to a position of prominence in front of El Pomar Center, where it sits today.

The UCCS 9/11 Memorial

Dedicated Sept. 12, 2011, this memorial contains a steel plate salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center and was designed by a team of UCCS engineering students led by Peter Gorder, associate professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, and in cooperation with United States Air Force engineers. The memorial is located between Osborne Center for Science & Engineering and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences building.

"Ribbon of Sky" Aerial Sculpture - El Pomar Center Rotunda

The "Ribbon of Sky" aerial sculpture is found in the El Pomar Center Rotunda. It was created by Barbara Baer of Denver, Colorado. This aerial sculpture was conceived as a flowing river made of blue sky. As people move across the lobby, the aluminum component sweeps in a gentle turn that traces the circular space. The sculpture unfurls upwards against a translucent grid of acrylic panels. The acrylic’s geometry floats in graceful counterpoint to the powerful circularity of the architecture.

UCCS Olympic and Paralympic Sculpture

UCCS, in partnership with the Olympic City USA Task Force, championed a sculpture on campus to celebrate the many Olympians and Paralympians who have attended the university and to further recognize the rich connections the Mountain Lion community has to the Olympics. The sculpture features five eight-inch-wide metal spirals in red, blue, green, yellow and grey, rising out of the base to a height of approximately 30 feet. It is located in the Plaza next to the University Center and just below Gallogly Event Center and Berger Hall

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