New Sculpture Inspires 'Potential' at Trent University 

November 15, 2023

Image of Dr Leo Groarke with the new Pinecones Sculpture at Trent Symons Campus

On National Philanthropy Day (November 15), Trent University thanks all supporters for their generosity and celebrates 'Potential' Pinecone Sculpture Series

An inspiring new sculpture featuring colossal pinecones now graces the west bank entrance of Trent University’s Symons Campus.

'Potential' is part of a pinecone sculpture series by artist Floyd Elzinga, constructed of weathering steel; the piece speaks to the cycle of regeneration and growth found in the untapped potential of seeds that offer renewal wherever they land. The sculpture, announced on National Philanthropy Day (November 15), is the latest addition to the University’s Public Sculpture Initiative (PSI), which offers a nationally significant collection of public art, generously supported by philanthropy.

"On National Philanthropy Day, Trent University acknowledges that philanthropy comes in many forms including gifts of art, volunteerism, mentorship, or funds to support students. We thank all supporters – at Trent, in Peterborough, and around the world - for the generous gifts of their time, ideas, talents, and resources," says Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor, Trent University. "We also thank artist Floyd Elzinga for this recent sculpture – a wonderful gift that is a natural fit for Trent where we continue to nurture the momentous potential of thousands of students, staff, and faculty."

Trent’s PSI - a collection valued at more than $1,000,000 - was initiated generously by David James ‘68 and his wife Lili de Grandpré and is supported by Jalynn H. Bennett's legacy gift, and other donors and artists.

As an institution profoundly anchored in philanthropy, Trent has a history of giving and volunteerism that stands out among Canadian post-secondary institutions. Through the generosity of the University's community of supporters, Trent has flourished, and, for more than 50 years, has challenged the way our students think about learning, helping them to succeed in the world.

In its current philanthropic initiative, the Campaign for Momentous Change, the University recently announced it has surpassed a significant milestone by raising more than $50 million towards its bold $100 million goal. Since the Campaign launched in March, 100 people have signed up to become monthly donors, creating sustainable support and building toward the Campaign goal of 500 new monthly donors. 

"We are very grateful to everyone who has supported Trent’s students, researchers, campuses, and architecture through the boldest campaign in our history," says Sherry Booth '98, associate vice-president, Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement. "National Philanthropy Day is a time to celebrate their generosity and vision for the future."

Learn more about the Public Sculpture Initiative and how you can join the Campaign for Momentous Change.