Campus Quad to be dedicated September 17

Last Updated 27 December, 2015

The dedication ceremony for Northwest Nazarene University's newly completed campus quadrangle project will be held Thursday, September 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the center of the campus quad next to the Christ sculpture.

The first phase of the campus quad project, part of the university’s Vision 2025, included replacing the circle drive and Holly Street between Dewey and Amity with sidewalks and grass, adding new landscaping and oak trees, completing the outdoor amphitheater east of Leah Peterson Learning Commons, and installing a new seven-foot bronze sculpture of Jesus in the center of campus encircled by seat walls and planters.

Standing at 7½ feet, the 412-pound Christ sculpture serves as a visual reminder to those who pass Him that Christ is the Center and foundation of everything we do at NNU.

The Danny Edwards Limited Edition solid bronze sculpture is the generous gift of Ralph and Darlys Palmen. Founder of Express Employment Professionals and owner of Lynnwood Express Employment Professionals franchise for many years, Ralph is an author, a professional speaker and a consultant for companies throughout North America and Europe. Congruent with Ralph’s professional career, Ralph and Darlys have a heart for service and a long history of investing deeply into the lives of others. The Palmens are active in local ministries and community organizations. They have been members of the NNU Foundation Board of Directors since its inception in 1989. Ralph and Darlys believe strongly in Christian education and have been strong supporters of NNU for many years.

1968 alumnus Danny Edwards is the artist behind the creation of the Statue of Christ, a piece that took him one year to complete. Edwards has spent the last 29 years creating works of art for collectors around the world. His sculptures can be found in the halls of presidents and dignitaries, including the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan. To produce his bronzes, Edwards uses a process that in principle is about 4,000 years old: lost-wax casting.