Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jacob's Dream

On Tuesday, I visited with faculty, administrators and students at Abilene Christian University regarding "next steps" in a growing partnership among the various colleges of the university and CitySquare.  It was a very good day.

I met with some amazing students who are sold out to justice, compassion and authentic community development.  I know we will have some exciting, new relationships to report out very soon about CitySquare and our connection to this great, Texas university.  I'm very excited about it!

While I was there, I had the joy of seeing "Jacob's Dream," the amazing sculpture by Jack Maxwell standing on this campus.  I've posted a really inadequate photo--no photo can capture it! 

Here are some "Sculpture Facts" about this amazing creation:

The sculpture is 34 feet from the bottom of the pedestal to the top angel.

The site includes a round baptismal pool 10’ in diameter and 30” deep.

Each angel is eight feet tall.

The total metal work, including a stainless steel inner structure, weighs more than 7,000 pounds.

Models for the angels included the artist and six ACU and local high school students, utilized to verify proportions and musculature. With the exception of the second highest angel, whose portrait was based on Jack Maxwell’s son, Matt, the faces were inspired by individuals but not specifically modeled after them.

Several ACU art students assisted on Jacob’s Dream, and Jack’s wife, Jill, who also is an artist and talented sculptor, spent countless hours on the project.


Amanda said...


We were living in Abilene when this sculpture was put in and then Doug had the pleasure of baptizing our daughter, Emma, in the baptismal pool in May, 2008. Needless to say, it holds a special place in our hearts and memories.

Amanda Darby

Ross said...

Larry, thanks for the kind words...we really enjoyed getting to meet you (I still need to find my brick wall), and we can't wait to get to talk to you more in the future!

Chris said...

"I believe that people should pay more in taxes to help the less fortunate."

( by people I don't mean me)

That, my dear friends, is what it means to be a social justice type.