Spaceship Earth sculpture to be unveiled Oct. 20 at Kennesaw State University

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 16‚ 2006) — Spaceship Earth‚ a 175−ton circular sculpture created by…

Georgia (Oct 16, 2006) — Spaceship Earth sculpture to be unveiled Oct. 20 at Kennesaw State University

Stacey Moore

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 16‚ 2006) — Spaceship Earth‚ a 175−ton circular sculpture created by world−renowned Finno−American artist Eino‚ will be unveiled to the public during a ceremony Friday‚ Oct. 20‚ at 10:30 a.m. in front of Kennesaw State University’s new Social Sciences Building.

The $1 million sculpture is considered one of Eino’s most notable projects. The massive design consists of a 15−foot−diameter sphere comprised of 88 separate pieces of Brazilian blue quartzite‚ as well as 2‚400 bronze pieces attached to the face of the 22−foot−high globe. A life−size bronze figure of environmentalist David Brower is stationed near the apex.

Spaceship Earth was commissioned by Jennifer and Brian Maxwell‚ founders of PowerBar‚ as a tribute to Brower‚ who died in 2000. Unfortunately‚ Brian Maxwell didn’t live long enough to see the tribute come to fruition‚ suffering fatal cardiac arrest in 2004. Brian’s wife‚ Jennifer‚ his son‚ Justin‚ his mother‚ Phyllis Maxwell‚ his sister Sheila Maxwell‚ along with several family members and friends are scheduled to attend the unveiling.

“Spaceship Earth is a unique and generous gift from the Maxwell family‚” said Karen Paonessa‚ associate vice president of university advancement and director of the Kennesaw State University Foundation. “It is not only a beautiful artistic expression‚ but a historic environmental tribute that will touch lives for generations to come.”

For more information‚ visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/spaceshipearth/index.shtml.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a brand new doctorate in education.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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