Did U Know?
The University of South Florida was established in 1956 and is rich with history and traditions. This series is designed to provide fun facts about unique aspects of USF's System campuses.
There are two water fountains located on LeRoy Collins Boulevard at the USF Tampa campus and they are run with recycled rain water and air handler condensation supplied from the roof of the library. The fountains have become an iconic sight at the entrance, with the grand oval of flag poles situated between them. A third fountain that also utilizes rain water is the Bull Fountain on the south side of the Marshall Student Center. USF is consistently ranked as one of the "coolest schools" in the country based on sustainability initiatives campus wide.
President Judy Genshaft has been collecting bulls since joining the University of South Florida in 2000, when members of the university community began to bring them to her from their travels abroad. The various bull figures and statues, currently 97 and counting, have come from countries and cultures all over the world. The bulls, which range from the ornate to the clever collectible to the works of skilled artisans, reflect USF’s growing international reach.
In 1995 “Solar Rotary” was designed and built by artist Nancy Holt, who worked in conjunction with Jack Robinson, a retired archaeo-astronomer and a professor emeritus at USF. The goal was to design an art piece that specifically marked the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, through a public art funded project. The sculpture has a piece of meteorite thought to be 4.5 million years old embedded in the center that was discovered in Dade County, Florida.
The bull horns, created from the pinky and pointer fingers, demonstrate a powerful symbol that silently screams: "Go Bulls!" The signal first started as a good luck gesture for basketball free-throws and has become the universal sign for USF bulls to show their bull pride. USF Men's Basketball coach Orlando Antiqua demonstrates his bull pride by showing off his talents from time spent playing with the Harlem Globetrotters.
The shining sculpture adorning the east side of the Natural and Environmental Sciences building mimics the flow of the Hillsborough River and it's individual stainless steel plates move with the breeze. The public art installation, Tampa Wind, was designed by Stacy Levy, and it is one of numerous art pieces installed throughout USF's Tampa campus.