Created by artist Dutch Noack in 1999, the work depicts the Greek King of Gods preparing to hurl a lightning bolt while a golden eagle lands on his right shoulder. The statue was mounted on a large block of marble with a combined height of just over 10 feet. It is located in the courtyard in front of the A. A. Arthur Adams Museum of Hellenic and Cycladic Culture.
The statue was nicknamed “The God of Lightning and Bird Shit” by university students and staff as it is a popular perch for birds including crows and pigeons.