The concrete and cedar wood sculpture on the front exterior of the Center for Faith and Life visualizes the tree of life (Revelation 22.2) anchored in the rock of faith (Numbers 20:11, Matthew 16:18, and others). A drainage tile above the sculpture bathes it with the living water of the rain which falls on the roof of the building. It was designed by Charles Pohlmann of Minneapolis.
The southeast corner of the Center for Faith and Life is the site of Oedipus and Antigone, a Gerhard Marcks sculpture donated to the college by Ruth (Jensen) ’51 and Wilfred Bunge ’53. The eight-foot-tall, three-quarter-ton bronze casting represents two characters from Greek mythology, both of whom were central characters in three plays (Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus) written by Greek dramatist Sophocles in the fifth century B.C. The work depicts the moment in Oedipus at Colonus when Oedipus prepares to enter a sacred olive grove, where he will come to the end of a hard and tragic life.