MARCELLIN COLLEGE, RANDWICK, NSW CELEBRATING THEIR 90th YEAR ANNIVERSARY May 2013 6.5 meters high Stainless Steel, Sand Stone, LED Lighting
Thanks to David Wallace Photographer - for some of these images www.davidwallacephotography.com.au
The following images show some details of the installation.
MARCELLIN COLLEGE, RANDWICK, NSW CELEBRATING THEIR 90th YEAR ANNIVERSARY To celebrate the anniversary, a major revamp of the courtyard area was completed in the early stages of development of the works. The quadrangle had new granite tiles and turf installed, and the stone cross, an important feature of the work was also installed before the access restrictions where put in place. The work required an innovative construction and installation method, as there was no access for trucks, cranes and other heavy equipment when the work was to be installed . The work was designed and constructed in many parts to allow the elements to be placed and assembled with hand tools only. This unique lifting device was designed to allow a quick and easy install.
'ASPIRATIONS’ Col Henry May 2013
Commissioned to celebrate 90 years of Marcellin College
An interpretation of the College motto ÆTERNA NON CADUCA The eternal not the transitory
Sandstone Cross Foundation The original building of the College incorporated sandstone. The sandstone is symbolic of the solid foundations on which the College is built, and the Cross signifies Christ as being the source of life and inspiration for generations of Marcellin students, staff and families.
Rustic Base As the sculpture makes its way out of the sandstone base it takes on a rustic earthy tone. This is to remind us of the humble beginnings of the College and references Marcellin Champagnat’s down to earth attitude and his attention to practical matters in life. It reminds us too of Mary - a woman with dust on her feet.
Twisted Stem The College has experienced many changes in 90 years. Growth has not always been easy and uniform, even though the College has always been advancing, and so the twisted stem gives witness to this.
Rust Fuses to Polish Progressing towards its summit the sculpture takes on a shinier and more polished look. It is hoped that as the College continues to grow, there is a deeper understanding of its core calling in bringing the light of Christ to all.
Outstretched Arms The three outstretched arms of the sculpture reach upward in the hope of eternal life. They also represent the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They remind us too of the three Marist virtues given to us by St Marcellin Champagnat: simplicity, modesty, humility.
Spherical Ball A spherical ball personifies the sculpture. It is polished to allow onlookers who gaze into it from below a moment to see themselves reflected in the sculpture.
Twelve Stars Twelve stars adorn the spherical ball. These are an explicit Marial reference. They represent the twelve stars of the crown of Mary - a longstanding tradition in Christian art drawn from the scriptures. They remind us of the Marist foundations of the College, and as you journey from the base of the sculpture heavenward the stars serve to remind you of the credo: “All to Jesus through Mary.”