About the project
Simpson College was looking for a way to create a sense of place for school rallies, gatherings and events on its beautiful tree-lined campus. The college was able to vacate and ultimately remove a vehicular street and transform that stretch of road into a Pedestrian Plaza that has served to unify and beautify the quaint campus. The focal point is a towering steel art formation that represents maple trees and brings to life a line from Simpson’s beloved professor Dr. Joseph W. Wolf which reads, “…beneath the whispering maples.” The new hardscape, landscape, artwork and benches are a welcomed improvement to the once un-inviting street that passes through the heart of Simpson College.
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