A Creative Commemoration

November 19, 2010

Trustee Challenge Statues 5

Rollins’ students are trying to capture the essence of the College in three dimensions. As part of a Public Art course led by Assistant Professor of Art Joshua Almond, students designed original art works that capture Rollins in sculpture form. But how exactly do you turn school spirit into a physical memorial? One aspiring artist took inspiration from Rollins’ mascot, the Tar, and drafted a plan for stylized, boat-shaped benches. Another student channeled the College’s history and translated the challenge into a triple bronze sculpture featuring the College’s namesake, Alonzo Rollins.

These two models—along with several others—are currently on display in the Warren building. Thanks to The 1885 Society, one of them will be transformed from a concept on the page to a physical sculpture on campus.

Started in celebration of the 125th Anniversary, The 1885 Society is a group of donors who have pledged to give at least $1,885 to the College each year for a four year period. Expected to have between 250 and 300 members, the initiative is truly a landmark fundraising effort that is enhanced by the board of trustees who are doing their part to stimulate fundraising through an initiative of their own. “[The $1-Million Trustee Challenge] matches each new commitment to The 1885 Society,” said Leslie Carney, director of the Rollins Fund. “So a 4-year gift totaling $7,540 becomes $15,080 and makes an even greater impact on the Rollins campus.”

Andy Adler (Class of 1999), who is a Founding Member of The 1885 Society, will provide funding for the sculpture in memory of his father Arthur Adler, Jr. The winning sculpture, which will incorporate the names of all the Society’s members, is scheduled to be unveiled by September 2011.

By Jennifer Ritter (Class of 2013)

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