The New Grotesques

Grotesques lined up in the KU Natural History Museum's Panorama gallery

On display through 2021 in the Panorama Gallery on our 4th floor.

In 2017, the limestone grotesque statues which sat atop Dyche Hall since the early 1900s were removed to prevent further damage from the elements. A team of experts, who combined old world craft and modern technology, was assembled to create new grotesques to replace the old. View the new grotesques before they are placed on top of Dyche Hall and learn about the processes of the artists, Laura and Karl Ramberg, and KU Architecture faculty members Amy and Keith Van de Riet through a mini-documentary and displays of selected sketches and scale models that were created as part of the process.  

We're incredibly grateful for the generous contributions that made this important project possible. The original limestone grotesques were created 1902 and 1903 by Joseph Roblado Frazee.  The original grotesques are also now on view, in our 6th floor gallery. The new grotesques will be placed on top of Dyche Hall at a future date.