Nails Tale Monument (2005 to 2019)
The artist intended the monument's obelisk design as a reference to the area's history as a former military camp
The monument was removed in 2019
Backstory and Context
Artist Donald Lipski designed the monument as part of an effort to honor his alma mater and its name is a reference to the "tales" of his college roommate Eric "Nails" Nathan who informed the non-sports loving artist about the team's successes and heartbreaks. After Lipski was selected to create a monument, the artist worked with university administrators and discussed several designs including one that would resemble a tree and this one intended to represent an obelisk as a reference to the area's history as a former military training camp. As is sometimes the case with works of public art, many saw something different in the design than the artist intended and after years of complaints about the "phallic" appearance of the monument the university decided to place the monument in storage in 2019.
Satern, Erik. "The story behind the dick-shaped sculpture at Camp Randall Stadium." Badger Herald September 2nd 2014.