Today, in a stroke of early-morning luck, I was ableto capture a small piece of Bellarmine history on film as it happened. For several years now, Bob Lockhart, long-time Bellarmine art professor, has been working on a large sculpture of Bellarmine’s namesake, St. Robert Bellarmine, of Italy. Lockhart is the artist behind other masterworks on campus, including the sculpture of St. Angela Merici near Wyatt Hall at the entrance of the quad, and the towering Knight on his horse, the unmistakabkle langmark structure outside Horrigan Hall (aka Campus Center).
The sculpture is cast in bronze, and for several days now, as I have trudged toward my library office still groggy, I have caught glimpses of tough-looking workers creating its massive stone base (later, the sculpture of St. Robert will be moved…but that’s information for another time).
Today, though, I received an urgent message from Dr. Sutton as I clickety-clacked away on the very first newsletter of this year: hurry upstairs with your camera–they’re installing the statue.
Rumor has it, the sculpture’s official unveling will take place at BU’s annual Night of Knights celebration in October, but you can have sneak peek video if the sculpture arriving covertly onto campus.