Passers-by take a look at the new statue of Père Jacques Marquette that was mounted to its base Tuesday behind the Raynor Memorial Libraries on the Marquette University campus.
figure, which honors the 17th-century French, Jesuit missionary and
explorer for whom the Jesuit university is named, was created by New
York sculptor Ron Knepper and stands 8 feet 2 inches tall and weighs
between 2,500 and 3,000 pounds.
to the sculptor, Ron Knepper, a Fort Wayne, Ind. native who currently
resides in New York and teaches at Parsons School of Design, it wasn't
an easy project, due to the scarcity of Father Marquette portraits to
were some images of him with long hair and images of him as bald, so I
incorporated both with the sculpture," says Knepper. "I wanted
him to be rugged-looking, but a charismatic person as well."
Toby Peters, who chaired the sculpture committee, is very excited about
what the sculpture signifies.
creates a wonderful image people will associate with Marquette,"
says Peters. "It's not a statue. It's a sculpture that tells a
Curtis L. Carter, director of the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette
and the man responsible for finding and recommending the artist to the
committee, shares Peters' feelings.
sculpture helps to define the identity of the relationship (with the
university)," says Carter. "It adds a meaningful work of art
statute as dedicated Friday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m. to students, staff,
alumni and friends at a ceremony honoring the artist and donors. The
Marquette Band performed.