Work is in progress on Passing the Mantle, an interpretation of the Biblical story of Elijah training Elisha. This beautiful story of an established prophet teaching and training his replacement is what happens each day at Southern. Students learn from their teachers, and the Christian perspective is passed from one generation to another.
The sculpture consists of two pieces. The first shows Elijah with his hand reaching toward heaven, symbolizing his ascent. Next to Elijah stands Elisha, wearing Elijah's mantle, symbolizing the passing of knowledge.
The sculpture will stand in a prominent campus location and serve as a reminder of the mission of Southern Adventist University. The cost of the project is approximately $200,000, which includes site preparation.
Mr. Wayne Hazen, MFA, former dean of the School of Visual Art and Design, has extensive knowledge in the sculpting field and has developed sculptures for churches, art museums, and other educational institutions.
"Using granite is a unique challenge," says Hazen. "It is very difficult to sculpt because it is a very hard stone. It will make the final piece unique because of its durability and permanence."