In the mid-1920s the University had a wooden “U” clad with a string of lights set on top of Hodgin Hall. When a University team won an athletic event, the “U” would be illuminated to celebrate their accomplishment and could be seen throughout the City. In the 1930s the “U” was removed and the tradition was lost.
The UNM Alumni Association sought to reconnect with this tradition through the installation of a cast bronze “U” sculpture that was mounted on a bronze and granite base. The new “U” sculpture is sited within an expanded entry plaza to the newly restored Hodgin Hall and occupies a strategic position among previous gifts given to the University. The new sculpture includes digitally controlled LED lights in two colors to allow for evening illumination as well as the celebration of a University team win.