Sculpture unveiled at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A new sculpture is in place at Purdue to celebrate the College of Liberal Arts’ 50th Anniversary.

The sculpture is titled Distant Paths and is meant to show the ongoing journey of diversity. The project was funded by the Florence Lonsford Fund. It is the first permanent piece on Purdue’s campus for artist Preston Jackson.

Jackson said he is honored to have been chosen for the project.

“It’s good to look back and say ‘wow, I have something that exists’ in a physical sense. Right here, where so many scholars and famous people came from,” said Jackson.

The sculpture can be found between the buildings of Beering and University. Through the Lonsford Fund, more sculptures will be placed around Jackson’s piece to create a sculpture garden. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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