"Merging," also known as "the wet-dry fountain."

Did You Know: Merging

One of the largest artworks on campus, Merging, is a sculpture made of copper-colored granite in the center of Mather Quad.

One half of the sculpture, which is constructed of a series of asymmetrical steps, remains dry while the other is covered in running water. This feature has led students to nickname it the “wet/dry fountain.”

Athena Tacha, the Greek artist behind the sculpture, studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece, La Sorbonne in Paris and—a bit closer to campus—at Oberlin College. She primarily works in environmental public sculpture and has designed dozens of pieces, including an entire city-block park in Philadelphia, a memorial plaza in Louisville and several metropolitan rail stations along the East Coast.