Newark, Ohio: Amelia Earhart and Happy Animals

Sit-with-me sculptures on benches include Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers. Meanwhile, animals hold paws/flippers and dance in a circle, with a space for you to join them.


1179 University Drive, Newark, OH
OSU-Newark. From OH-16 take the Country Club Drive exit north. Drive approximately one mile and turn east on University Drive. A parking fee is required M-F, but parking is free on the weekends. The sculptures are along the path that borders the pond in the center of the campus.
M-F parking fee, Sa-Su free.
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Sit with Ben Franklin.

Amelia Earhart and Happy Animals

There are several other statues, including a chess player, father/son fishing, and Benjamin Franklin.

[T Wilson, 02/25/2020]

It's hard to determine if any of the sculptures are unique, or selected from a catalog of generic statues. The inspiring historical figures have no connection with Newark, Ohio.

Animals sculptures dance in a circle.

Happy Dancing Animals Sculpture

On the campus of OSU-Newark there is a bronze sculpture of seven animals in a circle holding paws/flippers and dancing. "Circle Of Friends" was sculpted by Gary Price and features a penguin, bear, mother kangaroo with her baby, elephant, horse, turtle, and a beaver. In addition, there are other sculptures of famous historical figures on benches, perfect for sitting next to and taking a photo. They include Amelia Earhart, Shakespeare, The Wright Brothers, Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Rembrandt.

[signmanjoe, 09/25/2019]

A cluster of feel-good statues that could be anywhere, and leaves visitors craving warm milk and cookies.

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