Thursday, April 19, 11 a.m.
A dedication ceremony for Ascension, the sculpture commissioned during Tech’s Centennial Celebration, is set for this Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m. on Centennial Plaza. Speakers include President Phil Oldham and artist Hoss Haley.
Light refreshments will be served, and a photo station will be setup near the pergola closest to the sculpture.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the first floor lobby of the Roaden University Center.
Hoss Haley, 2017
Stainless steel, 52 feet, 7,000 pounds
Commissioned during Tennessee Tech University’s Centennial Celebration, 2015-2016
About the sculpture
In 2016, the Centennial Art Committee — a group of artists including campus faculty and staff — selected Haley’s proposal for the centennial sculpture based on the sculptor’s vision for the piece and his reputation and experience in public art. The sculpture was installed in late December of 2017.
“A strong vertical tower of stacked stainless steel blocks of varying sizes, the sculpture’s height and stepped composition convey the concept of ascension. The randomly shaped blocks suggest that growth is not entirely linear but has many turns and diversions. As long as there is growth, perseverance and experience added one piece at a time, there is no limit to what a person or institution can achieve.
“Stainless steel comes across as a clean, elegant material. It has a beautiful reflective quality. Instead of a mirror finish, the tower has a softer satin or buff finish, so the surface reflects grass, the color of the sky and light shining on it at night. It has a strong presence on the site while simultaneously integrating its surroundings.”
— Hoss Haley, 2016
About the artist
Asheville, North Carolina, artist Hoss Haley is increasingly known for his large-scale public art, with major pieces found at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte Area Transit System, Valdosta State University and Sam Houston State University among others. He leans toward industrial materials and fabrication methods. A master of two- and three-dimensional work in steel, concrete and bronze, Haley has been named a Master Metalsmith by the Metal Museum in Memphis — a designation honoring the most influential artists of the day. His work is part of collections including the Linden Sculpture Park in Indianapolis, John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, Pack Square Conservancy Project in Asheville and Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters. He exhibits widely, with shows in California, Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.