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College of Engineering

The “guerilla” sculpture, commonly referred to as “Screw Job,” was created by alumni of the College of Engineering in the Boettcher Center Courtyard in reaction to the College’s abrupt, unannounced closure in 1975. The plaque on the piece reads: “As engineers at dear old DU, we worked and studied to make her true. We worked until we brought destruction, then she decides to cause our extinction, but don’t laugh, it may happen to you. University of Denver, College of Engineering 1918 to 1975.”

Location: Boettcher Center Courtyard

Donors & Founders

Sheila Carrasco, Portrait Busts of Claude Boettcher, Charles Boettcher, and Charles Boettcher II, 2000, bronze

The Boettchers were committed to education and funded the Boettcher Center for Science and Engineering, and Research at the University of Denver. Charles I founded Great Western Sugar, the largest beet sugar company in the US., ran a prosperous hardware store in Boulder, and eventually expanded all over Colorado. He moved to Denver and built a grand mansion in Capitol Hill. His son Claude and grandson Charles II were also successful businessmen and continued Charles I’s philanthropic traditions in Colorado.  The busts by Sheila Carrasco commemorate the generosity of the Boettchers.

Location: Boettcher Center Courtyard

Lamont School of Music

Kathi Caricof and Madeline Wiener, The Spirit of Music, Bas-relief sculpture

Local artist Kathi Caricof collaborated with Madeline Wiener on this limestone relief sculpture that adorns the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Location: North Façade of Newman Center

Cable Center

David Griggs, Earth Station Sculpture, 2001
Donor: Joseph S. and Irene Gans
Property of the Cable Center [an independent 501(c)3 organization]

David Griggs designs and builds site-specific works for public spaces. Griggs utilizes the elements of a site – such as formal, social, cultural, environmental, or historical characteristics – to create a work that compliments and enhances its location. The artist demonstrates a playful regard for formal qualities, an appreciation for the functional needs of a site, and an acute social and historical awareness. Griggs explains, “I hope to delight the viewer with  physical and formal elements, but what I’m really looking for is that lucid ‘a ha!’, that act of recognition when truth is found in humor, when identity and meaning are found in metaphor.”*

*David M. Griggs, “Artist’s Statement,”,

Location: Front Courtyard

John Greene Hall

Ed Wittrock, Untitled, mid-late 1970s, steel

Ed Wittrock’s Untitled is comprised of three flowers grouped in a pot with six leaves extending over the sides. A mushroom appears below the leaves. The sculpture was formed by explosive charges conducted in experiments by Wittrock, the Denver Research Institute, the Larry Brown team of engineers, and Bill Howell.

Location: West Side of John Greene Hall

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