Rowan University Acquires Knowledge Is Power sculpture

Frudakis Studio, Inc. 
2355 Mount Carmel Avenue / Glenside, PA  19038       
215-884-9433 / /

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      October 20, 2014
Contact:                                             Rosalie Frudakis, 215-884-9433


Rowan University Acquires Knowledge Is Power sculpture 

Zenos Frudakis’ monumental bronze sculpture Knowledge is Power will be installed at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey in Autumn, 2014. A dedication will be held in November.

 The bronze sculpture is 8 feet high x 12 feet long, with two free-standing over life-size figures on either end. The figures represent educators holding an open book that presents individuals from intellectual history.  One page presents Darwin as the central figure; the partnering page, shows Einstein stepping out of the book. Some of the 31 portraits of individuals and their quotes, mathematical formulae, musical notations and other elements are listed on a separate page.

The sculpture was commissioned by Dr. Francesca Cottone Shaughnessy in honor of her brother, Villanova educator Charles Sebastian Cottone, now deceased.  Dr. Shaughnessy 

worked for the School District of Philadelphia for 30 years as a psychologist. She asked Zenos Frudakis to create a sculpture that would "encourage students to enjoy the pleasures of learning" and site it where students and teachers could enjoy it. Inspired by Henry Rowan’s $100M  gift to Glassboro University (renamed Rowan University) twenty-one years ago, Dr. Shaughnessy decided to offer the gift of this sculpture to Rowan University.


Knowledge Is Power – selected images and quotes

Images with quotes

Alan Turing:                0110000101101001 (binary symbol for AI)

Albert Einstein:           Imagination is more important than knowledge.  E=MC2

Anne Frank:                 In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good  at heart.

Beethoven:                  Fifth Symphony

Churchill:                     Never never never give up.

Charles Darwin:           In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of      their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.

Descartes:                   I think therefore I am.

Di Vinci:                       drawing of the Vetruvian man

Emerson:                     Insist on yourself, never imitate..

Francis Bacon:             Knowledge is Power

FD Roosevelt:              The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Galileo:                        The sun with all the planets revolving around it.

Gandhi:                        Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.

Harriet Beecher Stowe:   Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good to do no harm.

Harriet Tubman:         I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.

Henry David Thoreau:  If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

Isadora Duncan:          figures of her dancing

John Muir:                   In every walk with nature one receives for more than he seeks.

Lincoln:                        A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Machiavelli:                The end justifies the means.

Margaret Sanger:       No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.

Martin Luther King:    I have a dream

Niels Bohr:                  (image on Einstein’s right shoulder made in points representing packets of quantum.)

                                    Quote: A physicist is just an atom’s way of looking at itself. Joining Bohr’ head and Einstein’s head is a diagram of an atom.

Neitzsche:                    There are no facts, only interpretations. / Balloon quote: “God is Dead” in German /

Newton:                       If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.

Protagoras:                 Man is the measure of all things.

Sigmund Freud:           The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk underwater.

Shakespeare:               To be or not to be

Socrates:                     The unexamined life is not worth living.

Susan B. Anthony:       Suffrage is the pivotal right.

Rachel Carson:            Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the earth without it making it unfit for all life?

Thomas Jefferson:       All men are created equal.

Thomas Paine:            I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense.


Images by Themselves

Copernicus’ sun-centered universe and his name above it

Part of the "Fundamental Theorem of Calculus".  There is  another equation that completes the whole theorem.  Now it is a standard topic in freshman calculus.  It goes back to Newton, or maybe further, to his instructor Isaac Barrow.

Michelangelo’s  Slave


Symbols of evolution around Darwin: At base, Galapagos Tortoise, lizard, bird, seal, cast of an actual pre-historic child’s skull; on his shoulder is a finch.

Diagrams: architectural images. Alberti (Renaissance) and Parthenon.

Pythagorus Theorum

Golden Section

Near Rachel Carson: Eagle (representing her research with DDT)


Quotes by themselves

Emmanuel Kant:         Always treat people as ends never as means.


Lines of poetry by themselves

Dylan Thomas: Do not go gentle into that good night. (placed by King)

TS Eliot: At the still point of the turning world, there the dance is. (placed by Isadora Duncan’s figures)

John Keats: Beauty is truth, truth beauty.  (placed near Harriet Tubman)

Emily Dickenson poem line:   I died for beauty

Yeats poem next to FDR:        Things fall apart, the center does not hold.

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis appears as a gargoyle on the Darwin side of the relief in the lower left corner, signing his name by the Vetruvian man. Business partner Rosalie Frudakis appears as a gargoyle on the Einstein side, in the lower right corner by Isadora Duncan and Anne Frank.