The plaza, which sits between Lutz Hall and Miller Information Technology Center on Belknap Campus, features a granite infinity pool, bench seating and a large, bronze sculpture.
Titled “Truth and Justice,” the artwork is a gift from Republic Bancorp Inc.’s chairman, Bernard Trager and his wife, Jean, who also funded the plaza renovation. But while it is new to campus, it has UofL ties: Former art faculty member Barney Bright created it in the 1970s with help from then-student Ed Hamilton. Hamilton now is known nationally for his large-scale public and private sculptures.
Both Trager and Hamilton spoke at the event.
“Jean and I, along with the entire Trager family, were able to add to the existing beauty of the University of Louisville campus. We hope that the students, faculty and campus visitors will enjoy this peaceful space,” Trager said.
UofL President James Ramsey presided at the June 22 dedication ceremony.
“This plaza has been transformed into one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations on our campus. We are truly grateful to the Tragers for their generosity,” he said.