University of Maine – Buchanan Alumni House

A New Dawn by Johnny Turner from New Zealand. Granite, 2012

Artist Statement

A New Dawn references the work the Alumni Foundation does in encouraging and supporting a new phase in the life of students who have chosen to study at the University.
Its form is symbolic of a rising planetary or celestial body; waxing in the front, representing the young who have most of their life still in front of them; waning in the back, representing those of us whose lives are mostly behind us but nevertheless present.
The millions of year old Maine granite and especially the pluton of crystals running through it, are a reminder to us to cherish and celebrate our own short, fleeting lives. I also want to acknowledge the wonderful collaborative process of working with my young sculpture student assistant Isabel Kelly.