An iconic Brock University landmark has a new home.
The Path of Possibilities sculpture, which had been a fixture on the north mall island in front of Schmon Tower for 26 years, has moved to its new location outside of Mackenzie Chown D Block.
This unique project required the temporary closure of University Road East for a short time in both directions from University Road East in front of Schmon Tower to outside Mackenzie Chown D Block while the sculpture was moved.
Scott Roper, Brock Facilities Management project manager, said the move started around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Artist Ilan Averbuch presented the sculpture to Brock in 1988 as part of the Teutloff Collection. Its legs are made of wood, and there is a steel frame that connects into the wood and runs through the animals (lions and lambs), which are formed of lead sheets, and to the stone path that sits atop the animals.
The sculpture is 15 feet long, 10 feet tall and 6 feet deep and is estimated to weigh 2,500 pounds. For transport, it was stabilized by a combination of wood framing, timber and shrink-wrap. It was transported using two forklifts and a flatbed trailer.
“Mostly it’s a matter of ensuring all the components are very well stabilized and supported so that none are subject to undue loads or stresses,” Roper said.
Moving the Path of Possibilities became necessary with the impending arrival of the Isaac Brock sculpture in front of Schmon Tower this fall. The new location between the Mackenzie Chown and Cairns buildings, and adjacent to the walkway, will ensure it remains highly visible to Brock students and visitors.
“The intent is to maintain its prominence as a special feature of the campus,” Roper said.