Centennial Man

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Title

Centennial Man

Subject

Statues

Description

In 1974 the Alumni Association and Dr. Robert Martin commissioned Felix de Weldon, best known for the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial to create a statue celebrating the centennial of Eastern Kentucky University.

The monument depicts a strong, American man using his arms to launch the Saturn rocket into orbit. Only the fire of the rocket touches his hand, and above him are the orbits of the earth and moon. The rocket moves around the earth, starting at Cape Kennedy, going around the moon, landing on the moon and returning to earth.

His left hand receives the space shuttle when it returns to Earth, and his feet rest on waves in the ocean. The dolphins under his feet symbolize the landing of the space shuttle in the ocean. De Weldon wanted the statue to symbolize the research of scientists, the people working for the space program and the support of the American people for these efforts.

The statue was made in Rome, Italy and the total cost of $75,000 was raised by the Alumni Association. The names of those who donated $500 or more have been inscribed on the base of the statue.

Creator

de Weldon, Felix

Date

1974

Format

bronze on Swedish marble, 30'

Language

eng

Type

Physical Object

Identifier

H0000242

Coverage

Powell Plaza
"Eastern Kentucky University,
Richmond, KY,
Madison County, KY,
USA
37.7405,-84.2994"

Identification (ID) Label

no ID available

Collection

Citation

de Weldon, Felix, “Centennial Man,” Discover EKU, accessed October 18, 2018, https://discovereku.omeka.net/items/show/464.