Jack Trice, 1988 by Christopher B. Bennett (American, b. 1953)
15.5 x 11.3 x 6.5 feet
Commissioned by the Government of the Student Body, Iowa State University. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. U88.22abcd
Find this sculpture on the north side of Beardshear Hall.
After one hundred years, many dedications have been developed to honor the accomplishments of Jack Trice. A memorial scholarship was created, Iowa State’s football stadium was renamed the Jack Trice Stadium, a memorial was established in the Jacobson Athletic Building’s Gary Thompson Hall of Honor and several memorial sculptures are in Jack’s honor. This sculpture was the first commemorative memorial sculptures, unveiled in 1984, after three years of planning and development.
Sculptor, Christopher Bennett of Fairfield, Iowa, created the 1,000 pound memorial. The creation and installation of the work was funded entirely by the Government of the Student Body (GSB). The Jack Trice Memorial Statue was originally installed in 1988 between Beardshear Hall and Carver Hall on Iowa State’s central campus. In 1997, the sculpture was sent to Connecticut for restoration and, upon it’s return, installed at the north entrance to the Jack Trice Stadium. In 2019, the sculpture was relocated back to central campus sited just north of Beardshear Hall.
The bronze sculpture depicts Trice wearing a varsity letter sweater with academic texts at his feet and reading the letter written before his first and final game. To the side rest a pair of football cleats.