Cornerstone Dedicates New Creation-Inspired Sculpture Installation

04-17-2019


by Kristina Garvelink (M.S. ’15)

In a brief outdoor ceremony on April 17, Cornerstone University dedicated its newest art installation—a three-dimensional sculpture crafted by Albert Paley, a New York-based artist, and donated by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson.

Located outside the entrance of the Jack and Mary De Witt Center for Science and Technology, the coated steel sculpture stands nearly 25 feet tall and weighs over 23,000 pounds. Detailed metalwork features visual reminders of the creation account in Genesis and promotes the imaginative nature of scientific research through a Christian worldview.

"We are honored to have another piece of art on campus by Albert Paley, pointing us once again to the centrality of Christ in all of our academic life," Dr. Joe Stowell, university president, said. "Given that science is the discovery of all that Christ has created, this sculpture celebrates the majestic glory of Christ as the Creator. Sourced by the Alpha and Omega at the base, the artwork rises through the ascending stages of creation—vegetation, fish, birds, humanity—culminating in the massive, never-ending expanse of the universe."

Arriving on campus a week prior to the service, Jeffrey Jubenville, an artist and foreman at Paley Studios, oversaw the sculpture's placement with a crane crew and guided its final assembly.

"The enduring metallic essence of the sculpture reminds us that Christ is not only Creator but Sustainer of all things," Stowell concluded. "We are blessed to be able to make this Christ-honoring statement in such a compelling sculpture."