UofL Unveils Plans for New Trager Plaza on Belknap Campus; Will Include Barney Bright Sculpture

University of Louisville officials recently announced that an area near the center of the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus will get a facelift and a new name.

Trager Plaza, named in honor of Republic Bancorp Inc.’s chairman Bernard Trager, will feature concrete benches, a granite infinity pool and a sculpture known as “Truth and Justice” that was created by Louisville artist Barney Bright. Trager and his wife, Jean, donated the sculpture to the university and provided funding for the plaza renovation.

Bernard Trager said, “Jean and I have a soft spot in our hearts for U of L, and we wanted to do something else to give back to our community.”

“We are so thankful to the Tragers for their generous donation,” said U of L President James Ramsey. “Their gift to U of L comes at a perfect time as we have been working to beautify our campus as part of our preparations for next year’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter site visit.”

The sculpture that will be included in the plaza renovation was commissioned in the 1970’s. At that time, the artist (Bright), a U of L faculty member, was assisted by a student, Ed Hamilton, who is now known nationally for his public and private works.

Trager Plaza is located between the Miller Information Technology Center and Lutz Hall. Renovation of the area is already underway and is expected to be completed by spring 2011.

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