Saint Louis University’s campus is known for its appearance. Whether that is fresh flowers in the spring or the palm trees in the summer. One major part of the campus is its large collection of statues. These statutes range from dolphins in fountains to the "good luck" Billiken to more contemporary abstract designs. There is also a large collection religious based statues. The statues of this nature show Saint Louis University's strong connection to religion. This is to be expected from a private Catholic university. This page will outline many of the religious statues that can be seen on SLU’s campus. Along with this catalogue, there are student interviews to gain perspective to how this large collection of statutes impact the Saint Louis University environment.
What do you think about the statues on campus?
What religious statue stands out the most to you? Why?
How do you feel the statues impact you and or other students?
What do you think the reason SLU has all these statues throughout campus? More specifically the religious ones?
What religious statue would you like to see on campus that isn't on campus?
Interview 1 (Saint Louis University student class of 2020)
I think we have a lot of statues but a lot of people don’t really know anything about them or why they are important to SLU.
The one in the middle of the quad because it’s the most visible and you can tell that it is religious and not just a random statue.
They make me think about why they might be placed there and what it has to do with SLU but I’d like to know more about them.
I think because we are a religious school and religious figures have played a large role in founding and maintaining SLU so SLU wants to recognize them and honor them because they also share our values of Jesuit institution.
I would like a see a religious statue of maybe another religion that also shares the Jesuit core values so we can represent other similar religions that people might have but not know share the same values as the Jesuits.
Interview 2 (Saint Louis University student class of 2020)
I don't know any of their names.
I think it's cool to have art around campus but the statues are scary at night.
Because we r a religious school
Maybe something about Easter or Christmas would be nice because those are big important religious moments?
Interview 3 (Saint Louis University student class of 2020)
I think they represent part of the school’s history and religious background.
The statue of the man between Pius and DuBourg (I think) because the location is in an important spot on campus and the statue itself looks like someone who was accomplished and important.
I think that they add to the environment on campus and especially if people know the religious/history behind the statues, they might appreciate them more.
The school is founded upon Jesuit values and the statues represent an important aspect of SLU.
I do not know.
Interview 4 (Saint Louis University student class of 2020)
I like this statue! I like how SLU has these statues everywhere—I think it adds to our campus.
The statue that stands out the most to me on campus is the one right in the middle of the quad. I think it is really nice and pretty.
I think they are a constant reminder of our faith and who we should strive to be.
Like I said earlier, I think they are a constant reminder of being good people and living a good, holy life.
I would love to see a statue (or another) of Mary.
Interview 5 (Saint Louis University student class of 2020)
The statues on campus are pretty and show how long SLU and religion has been a part of many people's lives. They act as reminders of our faith.
The statue of Mary with her hands folded stands out to me because I like the message on the plaque. It shows what is really important in life and simply shows what to be grateful for.
The statues don't always catch my eye but when they do it reminds me of my faith.
To remind students of faith and tradition in our personal lives and community.
I am content with the statues we have.
Interview 6 (Saint Louis University student class of 2020)
I think they are very nice but kind of creepy. I'm not a big statue person
The one where there's a baby and a lady. It's by the library and business school. It's super weird.
They don't really except on the PowerPoint when we had like reasons to go to slu one of the reasons was we had 37 statues or something.
We are a Jesuit school!
St. Francis of Assisi!!!
Saint Louis University is known for its signature statues. The statues add a unique sparkle that is hard to find on any other campus. The statues have been dedicated and erected to symbolize Saint Louis University’s past, present, and future. The statues provide us with a piece of history. They allow us to take part in celebrating the accomplishments of the most influential people that have stepped foot, and made an impact, on Saint Louis University. The interviews reflect that many students do not take the time to cherish and enjoy what really makes Saint Louis University what it is today. Meanwhile, others responded by stating that they enjoy seeing the statues and they serve as a reminder for what Saint Louis University stands for. Thus, the statues represent what Saint Louis University has been and will be, a breathtakingly intelligent and beautiful campus.
Researched and written by Cristina Esparza, Samantha Felling, Kyle McNabb, and Francis Tran.
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