Monarch Fountain

Monarch Fountain, 1990s

Monarch Fountain is located on the north side of Kaufman Mall just outside the main entrance to Webb University Center on the campus of Old Dominion University (ODU).


Constructed as part of the landscape renovations to Kaufman Mall in the early 1970s, the fountain was originally known as Labor’s Fountain when it was dedicated on April 24, 1976. Funding for the fountain came from the Greater Tidewater Virginia Central Labor Council AFL-CIO. Designed by Kevin Gallup, class of 1985 and an faculty member, a six-foot, 1,000 pound bronze lion was placed on top of the fountain pedestal on Founder’s Day in 1997. The blue footprints leading to the fountain represent the lion’s actual stride. Over the years, the fountain has spawned a tradition of dyeing the water blue during Homecoming.


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