Carvings by Jude Fritts for
The "Fabulous Fritts"
Arizona State University
Herberger College School of Music
The pipe shade carvings of the Fritts organ at Arizona State University "combine classical European and
desert themes. Desert flowers, including the yucca, were used as symbols of renewal
and endurance through the harsh desert climate. They are an appropriate complement
to an organ built to last through the centuries. Seashells on the central tower are
both a classical organ theme and representative of Arizona's ancient past when ocean
covered that area. Also included are cherubs, a
traditional organ case ornament, and a trio of gargoyles protecting the organ from
evil spirits - a sea monster, a goat/satyr, and Sparky, the school mascot."
From Tamara Still's dissertation