Knowledge is Power

Using Francis Bacon’s quote, “Knowledge is Power,” as the central theme, Zenos Frudakis sculpted a monument to inspire the process and pleasure of learning. The sculpted large open book features Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein emerging from the pages. These influential figures represent key shifts in the understanding of the world and its sciences. Relief faces and quotes of 31 icons of science, history, mathematics and the arts portray contrasting theories, philosophies and politics, as well as struggles shared across generations. The viewer is led through a process of exploration and is left to weigh countering viewpoints to discover their personal resonance.

Size: Over-life size
Dimensions: 8-feet high, 12-feet long
Weight: Over 1,500 pounds
Media: Bronze
Location: Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey


Comments on Sculpture

“When they see all of these icons there each day, I hope it will inspire them to use their knowledge."
- Dr. Francesca Cottone Shaughnessy, commissioned sculpture in honor of her late brother, longtime history professor at Villanova University

"The sculpture is a wonderful focal point for the university community and beautifully illustrates Rowan’s mission to enrich life through learning and service to society."
- Ali Houshmand, Rowan President

"I have just seen your newest piece and I have to say every single inch is amazing. Your works have given me so much to feel and think about. I just want to say Thank you for the gifts you offer to us with nothing expected in return." 
 - Sharon Lupichuk


In the Media
Knowledge is Power,
featured in The Humanist magazine

Knowledge is Power: New Rowan sculpture celebrates joy of learning, Rowan Today  Her hardworking parents and her beloved older brother taught Dr. Francesca Cottone Shaughnessy that education leads to success...


Glassboro, New Jersey: Knowledge is Power, Roadside America Bronze book is held open by two bronze people; from the book's open pages emerge intellectual figures such as Darwin, Einstein, Turing, Gandhi...



Campus Life: Donor wants sculpture to inspire Rowan students, Courier-Post  Historical figures are leaping right off the page at Rowan University. The college recently unveiled a $1 million bronze sculpture...