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Prairie Spirit,” by legendary KU sculptor and professor emeritus Elden Tefft

Baker University officials recently moved “Prairie Spirit,” by legendary KU sculptor and professor emeritus Elden Tefft, f’49, g’50, from the school’s Baldwin City campus to Baker Wetlands, just south of Lawrence. From its new perch near the wetlands’ Discovery Center, “Prairie Spirit,” in the estimation of an Instagram commentator, looks as if it “emerged from the earth.” Tefft, who died in 2015, sculpted KU’s iconic “Moses,” in front of Smith Hall, and Strong Hall’s “Academic Jay.”

Photograph by Steve Puppe

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