November 06, 2017

Calabria Plaza adorns Slavin lawn

The Calabrias in front of the flame at Calabria Plaza.
The Calabrias in front of the flame at Calabria Plaza.

Joseph M. Calabria ’65, a member of the PC Board of Trustees, and his wife, Sugar, wanted PC’s campus to have a physical representation of Veritas, the PC motto that is symbolized by the torch. The result was the creation of the Calabria Plaza on the Slavin Center lawn, featuring a stainless-steel flame that is 33 feet tall — a foot for every year that Jesus lived on earth — with its three tongues of “fire” representing the Holy Trinity.

A granite plaza surrounds the flame, which is illuminated at night. It includes benches for reflection and a polished granite wall on which are engraved the names of Dominican saints, the words to the Alma Mater, and the Dominican and College seals. The pattern of stones is meant to reflect the star of St. Dominic.

The flame concept was designed by Stephen Forneris ’90. The sculptor was Brian Hanlon.