Samuel De Champlain
This piece was commissioned by Champlain College for the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s arrival in Vermont. Mounted on a Quebec granite column, the larger-than-life bronze is my interpretation of the explorer in a kneeling position looking through a telescope. The telescope was invented in 1608 and, though we don’t know whether he had one with him, I thought it made a good metaphor for both the ability of education to help in gaining knowledge, as well as a symbol for his vision of a new world, where different nations could live in humanity and peace. His spirit of tolerance and respect for all was epitomized by his deep respect and affection for the native people, with whom he lived and worked. This was the basis of a lasting alliance between the French and the Indians.
Medium: Bronze, Granite.
Location: Champlain College.
Directions: Left off Main Street in Burlington, VT onto Summit Street. After first stop, turn right into parking lot. Walk down steps into courtyard outside IDX Student Life Center.