University of Southern California
Trojan Column, 30 BCE-400 CE. Though a plaque indicates that this granite column came from a temple in the ancient city of Troy, the column in fact dates to the time of the Roman Empire—centuries after the legendary city was destroyed. The column was probably quarried somewhere near Troy, however. Credit is due to USC professor of classical art and architecture John Pollini for dispelling an accidental legend with actual research. (via Public Art in LA)
"Youth Triumphant" Fountain, Alumni Park. This iconic fountain was presented to USC in 1935 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carman-Ryles in memory of their alumnus son. Originally known as "The Four Cornerstones of American Democracy," the fountain features four kneeling figures who represent School, Home, Community and Church. (Via LaurieAnnie on ipernity.com)
The Little Chapel of Silence was given to the university by Elizabeth Holmes Fisher, the first female member of the USC Board of Trustees. It is open from 6:30 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Friday, for reflection and prayer. (Via EnriqueSandoval on Panoramio)
This statue stands across from Tommy Trojan and honors the noble white horse "Traveler," the mascot that appears at all USC home football games (as well as other events) bearing a Trojan warrior. There have been seven Travelers since the mascot first appeared in 1961, and they are considered to be good luck by many Trojan fans.
The Trojan Family Tapestry, created by world renowned artist John Nava, features 21 life-sized figures inspired by USC students, faculty and staff, against a backdrop of historical documents from the university's libraries. (via usc.edu)
George Tirebiter depicts the original Tirebiter dog of the 1940's, a national figure and USC mascot (until his replacement with Traveler in 1961) whose nickname was passed on to four successors. Tirebiter was famous for chasing down cars and nipping at their wheels, and quickly endeared himself to the student community, especially after biting UCLA's mascot Joe Bruin on the nose at a home football game! (via usc.edu)