In an effort to keep
alive the history behind Marquette University's namesake, Father Jacques
Marquette, a sculpture was created in his honor and placed on the
university's campus, behind the Raynor Memorial Library, 1355 W.
The bronze sculpture,
which stands eight feet, two inches tall and weighs between 2,500 and
3,000 pounds, displays the rugged 17th century French, Jesuit missionary
and explorer, known for his explorations with French trader Louis
Joliet. It was installed on Tuesday.
According 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 work from.
"There 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."
"It was almost a
two-year project," adds Knepper.
Dr. Toby Peters, who
chaired the sculpture committee, is very excited about what the
"It creates a
wonderful image people will associate with Marquette," says Peters.
"It's not a statue. It's a sculpture that tells a dynamic
Dr. 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.
helps to define the identity of the relationship (with the
university)," says Carter. "It adds a meaningful work of art