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800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706
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  1. The colored (orange, yellow and green) metal chairs outside at the Memorial Union Terrace. You can buy replica terrace chairs in the store inside the union in red and white, but not in the colors outside (though students have been known to steal the real ones as college souvenirs to remember happy times drinking and socializing on the terrace). People have gotten "busted" for having them out on porches and balconies where their thievery is on display. Posted by: coast-to-coaster on Apr 06, 2008 (18) (4)
  2. For me, the chairs represent the center of the Universe. I have traveled all over the world and have met people who know the chairs. Just this last weekend I introduced my 8 year old to the chairs. We relaxed in them and enjoyed a cool beverage while watching the boats on the lake and listening to reggae. Posted by: Dfanson on Jul 10, 2008 (9) (2)
  3. The terrace chairs represent some of my fondest memories at UW. I spent many a day sitting in them, looking out over the lake and pretending to study. The terrace chairs are quintessentially Madison. Posted by: madtown88 on Apr 25, 2008 (9) (5)
  4. Perhaps the image that conjures up the most nostalgia among UW alumni wherever they may be. It's for this reason that students with a bit of foresight and a heavy dose of temerity try to steal a terrace chair to take with them. It's quite the trophy if you can pull it off. Posted by: Anonymous on Nov 11, 2008 (2) (1)
  5. Holy Moly - I graduated decades ago and those chairs bring back such memories, altho' I don't remember them being SOOOO brighly colored, and in my youth, they were still comfortable to me! Oh - and those bowls of 35 cent chili!!!! And 3% beer!!!! And endless bridge games in the RAT - while CHAINS CHAINS CHAINS played over and over! Anyone remember that?????? Posted by: Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 (0) (0)
  6. They represent such wonderful memories of my time at UW, but I CAN'T BELIEVE no one has mentioned how fun it is to "chair spin" in them... the mostly circular base makes it possible to spin in the chair almost like a gyroscope. The challenge is even greater for those who've indulged in a beverage or two from the Rathskeller. Boy do I miss UW! Posted by: BadgerGrad90 on Jun 24, 2010 (0) (0)
  7. OK, I'm not that old but the original terrace chairs were a spring/bowed sunburst design. about the mid 80's they started to replace the "Old Style" chairs with the flat sunburst on the back and seat. I worked at Memorial Union serving beer and grilling burgers and brats. I damaged most of the sailboat in the Hoofer fleet!

    A 7 year under-grad (and still proud of it!) Posted by: Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 (0) (0)
  8. The Terrace Chairs do symbolize the great "feeling of Madison freedom and limitless possibilities" to many people, students and residents alike, who have enjoyed hours on the terrace, hanging out, talking politics, watching sunsets, deciding which classes to take or drop, meeting friends, feeding ducks, trying to decide whether to be a lawyer or a candle painter, having a beer, talking philosophy, watching people, pondering being and nothingness and looking for people to meet -- for starters. In the 1970s Polaroid introduced the SX-70 instant color camera. The photo packs were packets of chemicals that developed after being ejected from the camera. I used the SX-70 to create a series of Terrace Chairs images that have been quite opoular as gifts to grads, friends leaving UW or just art to "gift to oneself". I'll post a sample and if you're interested you can see more in the UW Memorial Union - there are four of them in the UW Union collection, recently hung on either side of the stairs in Great Hall. If you are interested in getting one for yourself contact me at the UWTerraceChairs@aol address. Of course, my inspiration was the huge painting by Madison's WPA Artist, Santos Zingale (which is in the UW Union Art Collection). I'll post a photo sample. Posted by: openair on Jan 15, 2010 (0) (0)
  9. Comfort is not the issue. Anyway, after a few or more beers, they can be quite comfortable! Posted by: Anonymous on Jan 02, 2010 (0) (0)
  10. HOLY MOLY - YES! I do remember those chairs tho' I graduated decades ago....but I don't recall them being that brightly colored! And along with the chairs, the 35 cent bowls of chili, the 3% beer, the endless bridge games in the RAT while CHAIN CHAIN CHAINS blarinf forth from the juke box. Sigh....such memories! Wish I could remember something I STUDIED while in school with as much clarity!!!! Posted by: Now-Voyager on Oct 26, 2009 (0) (0)
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From the series Terace Chairs  by Gary Knowles
From the series Terace Chairs by Gary Knowles
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People often steal the chairs at the Terrace. Here are a few culprits showing off their booty in plain public sight.
People often steal the chairs at the Terrace. Here are a few culprits showing off their booty in plain public sight.
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