MADISON, Wis. – On Monday, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Class of 2019 unveiled its gift of a sculpture that pays homage to women who attended UW.

Called “The Monarch,” the sculpture celebrates the 150th anniversary of women earning undergraduate degrees at UW-Madison. It was made with fabricated steel by local artist and alumna Victoria Reed [MFA ’16].

Reed, who aims to add layers of meaning in work, incorporated crochet patterns into the sculpture design to portray a woman of “power and dignity.” The sculpture took Reed about a month to complete.

Caroline Matkom, class vice president, said she hopes the sculpture inspires the women of today and the future.

“It’s so wonderful to have a representation of women here on campus, and it makes me feel like I belong here more and I hope other women feel that, as well,” Matkom said.


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