Stephen Rolfe Powell Memorial Sculpture Garden & Outdoor Classroom

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Norton Center For The Arts
Danville KY 40422

A stunning tribute to the
late glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell now resides on the campus of Centre
College in Danville, where he taught and created world-renowned art for
decades. The Stephen Rolfe Powell Memorial Sculpture Garden and Outdoor
Classroom, conceptualized and led by one of Powell’s former students, Brook
Forrest White Jr., owner of Flame Run Hot Shop and Gallery in Louisville, features a 25-foot-tall sculpture that
spectators can walk through, as well as a garden and an outdoor classroom. The sculpture— its shape reminiscent of
Powell’s iconic vessels—is made of stainless steel crafted by prominent
Louisville artist Dave Caudill and features large, colorful glass discs crafted
at Flame Run. An illuminated circle that incorporates shards of Powell’s pieces
lays in the ground beneath the towering piece. The memorial serves
as an endearing reminder of the Kentucky artist’s legacy by creating a landmark
where visitors can experience
and appreciate his profound impact on glass art, not only as an arts professor but as a
preeminent artist of world acclaim.