November 18, 2016
Reposted from NBC Affliate, KSL, Salt Lake City
OREM — A work of art more than a decade in the making was unveiled Friday at Utah Valley University.
The massive, 200-foot-long installation is the brainchild of Lehi-based stained glass artist Tom Holdman and UVU President Matthew Holland.
“Roots of Knowledge,” as it is called, consists of 80 panels of stained glass that tell the story of human knowledge, starting with an image of a bristlecone pine named Methuselah known as one of the oldest living organisms in the world. Along 80 panels and using 60,000 pieces of stained glass, the creation winds its way through the Roman empire, the building of the Jameh Mosque in Iran, the reign of Kublai Khan, the invention of the telephone, the Harlem Renaissance and more. “Seventy-five years down the road, we hope this is still here,” Holland said at the unveiling, which coincided with the university’s 75th anniversary. “We trust that it will still be inspiring people to learn, to study, to push themselves and realize that they can have a monumental impact on the world around them through the principles that are associated with education.”
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