Langley, British Columbia-–- Trinity Western University will host a ceremony on Monday, March 27 to mark the dedication of it’s newly completed Campanile and Library Gardens. The ceremony will also feature the unveiling of a painting by renowned Vancouver artist Friedrich Peter, in the foyer of the library.
The Campanile, library gardens and painting will be dedicated to the memory of Norma Marion Alloway, whose name the TWU library bears. The new additions represent a significant contribution to the beauty of the campus and graces it with a sense of academic tradition.
Standing outside the library the 50 foot Campanile, which can be seen from Glover road, is formed by weathered steel walls around an open center. The tower is equipped with 15 bells provided by the Royal Eijsbouts company of the Netherlands. These chimes will chime at pre-designated times and on special occasions, such as April graduation and September convocation.
The new Library Gardens that surround the Campanile has two triangular flower beds and a fountain and was designed to be a place of beauty where students and faculty can find sanctuary and reflect.
The new painting, covering the complete wall, accomplished by Friedrich Peter will hang in the entrance of the Library. It is an inspirational reminder to all visitors, as it reads: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“What graphic form would be appropriate for it?” asked Peter of these biblical words. “The search for a classic, formal lettering solution seemed too ambitious an attempt to convey the absolutes in Jesus words. Instead, as a personal response, I used my own handwriting. In choosing colours I sought to emphasize the lightness, joy and radiance of liberating truth in Jesus Christ. I finished the painting, but not the life-long dialogue with its text.”
Norma Marion Alloway had an active writing career as an author and poet. In addition to writing three books, she wrote articles for numerous magazines and newspapers. In much of her writing Norma shared informal anecdotes which related a personal faith to everyday living. She was also an international traveler and speaker.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21