Minnetrista Sculpture - The Wishing Well

Posted by: Karen Vincent, Director of Collections and Diane Barts, Registrar on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Have you ever walked through the gardens at Oakhurst and wondered about the rabbit fountain? Did you get married in the gazebo? At different points across Minnetrista's campus, you see beautiful sculpture and architectural details. Most of the pieces have a direct relation to the Ball family. 

 The Wishing Well was once the focal point of a garden on the grounds of the Frank C. Ball home.  It was purchased in Venice on one of Mr. and Mrs. Ballís trips abroad.  Following the 1967 fire that destroyed the Ball family home, the Wishing Well was moved to the home of Alexander and Rosemary Ball Bracken in Westwood.  Mrs. Bracken was the daughter of Frank C. and Elizabeth Brady Ball. 

After Mrs. Brackenís death, her Westwood home was given to Ball State University for use as the university presidentís home, and the bronze Wishing Well was given to Minnetrista.  After restoration, it was installed in Wishing Well Garden.  The garden is located next to the Orchard Shop. 

Watch in the coming weeks for information on other pieces of sculpture at Minnetrista.




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