The collection results from a partnership between the university and the Stuart Collection. Under an agreement forged in 1982, the entire 1,200 acre UCSD campus, located on a mesa above the Pacific Ocean, may be considered as sites for commissioned sculpture. It is further distinguished from a traditional sculpture garden by integration of some of the projects with university buildings.
Whether you go or not, Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection, University of CA, San Diego , presents work by some of the most important contemporary artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle, William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Kiki Smith, Nam June Paik and Robert Irwin, among others. In 1981, The Stuart foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to funding experimental public sculpture, and the University of California, San Diego formed an extraordinary partnership to create the only major public, site-specific sculpture collection in the world. This collection has redefined the entire arena of public art. Instead of asking artists to create an object, without reference to the site, they required that each artist explore the campus carefully, and create a site-specific piece that could be integrated into the beautifully landscaped UCSD campus in La Jolla.