The Campus : Wood Memorial Plaza
Students frequently hang out in Wood Memorial Plaza
In 1995, the IUPUI landscape changed dramatically with the dedication of Wood Memorial Plaza, the pyramid-shaped water fountain that has become a photographic signature for the university and a peaceful, beautiful gathering place for students, staff and faculty to study, relax and enjoy their free time.
Since its inception, Wood Plaza—named for retired Eli Lilly chief executive officer Richard Wood and his wife Billie Lou—has become a centerpiece of campus life, from such events as Explore IUPUI to the Indy Jazzfest. From its early days, Wood Memorial Plaza has been one of the most picturesque locations on the IUPUI campus, a popular site for photographers both professional and amateur. And it quickly became a destination point for campus visitors, including those who turn out for such community events as the 4th of July fireworks show and the Labor Day Weekend Sky Concert fireworks.
The fountain under construction
The location of Wood Memorial Plaza not only accents University Library, it provides an open view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline. And with the 2005 opening of the Herron School of Art & Design, it also offers a distinctive and inviting view of the art school and the public artworks which grace the New York Street lawn in front of the building.
Wood Plaza was designed on the same axis as University Library and intended to complement the library architecturally. Shaped like a diamond, it is 100 feet long on each of its four sides and is surrounded by trees, flowerbeds and other landscaping features. The benches on each of the fountain's sides are made of Indiana limestone and granite, with the plaza walkways made of brick.