William Conrad Severson
18 ft. tall
Commission funded by donors to the Campaign for Wisconsin
Máquina also provides a learning tool in the engineering department. Students are responsible for the sculpture’s routine mechanical maintenance. They also have the opportunity to manipulate and learn from the fountain’s mechanical properties in a small, underground lab space. Of the sculpture Severson noted, “Máquina represents the engineer’s tools, their aesthetics, and the engineer’s role in creative problem solving.”
William Conrad Severson is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin who later resettled in Saint Louis. He frequently collaborated with his partner Saunders Schultz on public artwork sited throughout the country.
Máquina is located at Engineering Mall between University Avenue and Engineering Drive.