Bronze 'Victory' Statue Coming To HighPoint.com Stadium
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A towering bronze statue will shortly take its place in the North Gate Plaza area of HighPoint.com Stadium, Rutgers University announced Tuesday.
Ron and Joanna Garutti are financing the 12-foot high statue named "Victory" that will portray the armored Scarlet Knight raising his sword in victory atop his steed.
The 2,500-pound statue will be mounted upon a 5½-foot black granite pedestal, bringing its total height to 18 feet above the plaza. It will be lighted from above and below.
"Ron and I have long traveled to our opponents' campuses, where we so often would see a statue representative of the school's mascot or tradition," said Joanna Garutti. "We felt that Rutgers, a proud Big Ten university, deserved to have its own statue, so we decided to fund it."
Ron Garutti added, "Our hope is that this symbol of our great university, while standing outside the football stadium, will be a source of pride to the entire Rutgers community and to the State of New Jersey. A source of pride to all our athletic teams, Rutgers students, faculty, alumni, donors, fans, visiting high school students, and all New Jersey residents. We would love to see it become a destination point for all visitors to our beautiful campus, a must-see spot for the taking of photos. Most of all, we hope people will looThe Garutti's gift is the latest in their support of Rutgers Athletics. The Ron and Joanna Garutti Strength and Conditioning Center opened inside the football program's Hale Center in the summer of 2016. The couple, 2016 recipients of the 1869 Legacy Award for "lifetime impact on Rutgers Athletics," also fully endow a football scholarship, and have generously supported the Big Ten Champions Fund. Ron is Vice-Chair of the Rutgers Board of Trustees and a member of the Rutgers Board of Overseers.
"We are so appreciative that Ron and Joanna are adding this very visible symbol of Scarlet Knight pride and commitment to excellence," said Rutgers Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. "Time and time again the Garuttis are there for us. And what a great way to kick off our 150th-anniversary celebration."
The "Victory" statue will be dedicated Friday, Aug. 30, before Rutgers' season opener against University of Massachusetts Mass, and will kick-off a season-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first college football game played at Rutgers and recognition of the school as the Birthplace of College Football.k at it, and say, 'I am proud of Rutgers University.' "
The dedication will represent the culmination of a more than two-year creative and artistic process, during which time the Garuttis worked with a multidisciplinary internal Rutgers team, the design team of the actual sculptors of the statue from the Randolph Rose Collection of Yonkers, N.Y., the architectural team from Perkins Eastman of New York, N.Y., and the general contractor of the project, Michael Riesz and Co. of Woodbridge.
By CHUCK O'DONNELL
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Heritage Park Phase 4 is now open to the public, according to the town of Flower Mound.
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Parks and Recreation staff are still working to put the finishing touches on the wildflower meadow, landscape, decorative entry circle, interpretive panels at the kiosk and the disc golf course map. All of these features are anticipated to be finished by the ribbon-cutting ceremony, scheduled for March 30.
The Master Plan for Heritage Park, 600 Spinks Road, was first opened to the public in October 2012. After years of improvements during the first three phases, construction began on Phase 4 in April 2018.
One of the highlight’s of the final phase is the nature trail, which is stamped and colored to blend in with the natural surroundings to provide a safe and accessible trail, according to the town. Along the path, park users will encounter 12 life-size bronze sculptures of indigenous animals to the Flower Mound area such as bobcats, deer and coyotes. In addition, there will be interpretive signage of each animal that will include pictures, facts and descriptions, as well as life-size paw prints that park goers can then use to find the location of the print in the nature trail.
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City to Introduce the Carpet Mills Arts District at Ribbon Cutting
Press Release - For Immediate Release
City to Introduce the Carpet Mills Arts District at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Yonkers, New York - The area consisting of the former carpet mills has been formally named The Carpet Mills Arts District (CMAD), a milestonethat further validates a community of artists that have been operating in the area since the 1990s.
The City of Yonkers will hold a ribboncutting ceremony at 578 Nepperhan Avenue on Wed April 29 at 1 PM to make the official announcement. There are approximately 100+ artists currently working within the district. A group of area building owners, known as the Owners' Coalition, is working toward a change in zoning that would allow for ground-level retail options like restaurants and specialty shops.
The group has developed a creative site improvement vision for the district, which promises to solidify and enhance the district's identity in the arts and creative industries - naturally drawing further businesses, tenants, and patrons to the area.
In the coming months, visitors will see a lot of activity at the Carpet Mills Arts District, including its participation in Yonkers Arts Weekend May 1-3 and the 12th Annual YoHo Open Studio event May 2nd and 3rd. An established topography and graphic design will represent the district throughout the area, in various marketing materials, and on the Internet. Additionally, the district is prepared to implement Phase 1 of the Perimeter Banners, and hopes to install more than 40 festive banners around the outer boundaries of the district. The banners will be seen along Nepperhan, Lake Avenue, Axminster Street, and Saw Mill River Road, and will promote the arts and the community, as well as provide stunning photograph opportunities against the already photogenic architecture.
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Press Release - For Immediate Release City to Introduce the Carpet Mills Arts District...