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Friday, January 5, 2018

Icons of Indiana University

Categories: Indiana University, The IU Student Perspective

This article was published in our 2018 Bloomington Visitors Guide. Request your copy here.

Often cited as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, the beauty of Indiana University is well known. No trip to IU is complete without visiting the legendary sports facilities and unique museums but take some time to explore the grounds and discover these icons around campus. 

 

RED CLOCKS

red clock

There are four of these iconic clocks on campus. Find one at the top of the hour, and hear the fight song play.

 

HOAGY CARMICHAEL

hoagy carmichael

The "Stardust" musician sits in front of the IU Cinema. Look for the Ernie Pyle and Herman B Wells statues on campus too.

 

JORDAN HALL GREENHOUSE

greenhouse

This picturesque spot is a thriving greenhouse of unusual, exotic plants from every corner of the world.

 

DUNN WOODS

dunn woods

This beautiful forest towers over the heart of campus, with walking paths for students and visitors to enjoy.

 

SHOWALTER FOUNTAIN

showalter fountain

The landmark fountain depicting "The Birth of Venus" is located at the center of the Fine Arts Plaza.

 

EAST LOUNGE AT IMU

imu south lounge

A roaring fireplace, comfortable armchairs, and abundant natural light greet you in the East Lounge of the IMU. 

 

LIGHT TOTEM AT ESKENAZI MUSEUM OF ART

light totem

Visiting this light sculpture at night and watching the colors change is a bucket list item for most Hoosiers.

 

WILDERMUTH INTRAMURAL CENTER

wildermuth

Built in 1928, this gymnasium is a long-standing ode to IU's storied basketball tradition.

 

TULIPS AT THE SAMPLE GATES

tulips

The Sample Gates are photogenic all year round, but the red & white tulips in the spring are a must-see.

 

Herman B Wells Statue

Herman B. Wells Statue

In his honor, there is a statue of IU legend Herman B Wells in the Old Crescent. Shake his hand, it's supposed to be good luck! 

 

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

assembly hall

The home of the Hoosiers is not only an IU icon but a sports icon. The stories and (numerous) wins have cemented Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in sports history. 

 

IU Arboretum

IU Arboretum

The IU Arboretum is the perfect open green space in the middle of campus to study, throw a football, or just sit and relax. 

 

Danielle Lucas

Danielle Lucas

Danielle is the Graphic Designer for Visit Bloomington, and has been living here since 2007. When she’s not designing or taking photos, Danielle is probably walking her dogs, watching IU Basketball, or enjoying the local wine and vegetarian cuisine.