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  • Monument Name

    Time Capsule Sculpture and Benches, Kinston

  • Type

    Abstract Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Local History

  • Creator

    Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran, Sculptor

    Hanna Jubran, Sculptor

    Community Council for the Arts, Builder

  • City

    Kinston

  • County

    Lenoir

  • Description

    The stainless steel and granite structure stands 10 feet tall and protects a time capsule buried beneath. Steel “hands” come together holding the planet. The planet and “hands” are held high by a roughhewn granite base that forms an inverted V. A small granite block with a stainless steel plaque rests behind the sculpture. The structure is centered in an oval patio of brick pavers on a concrete foundation. Four steel sculpture and concrete benches representing different elements of Kinston history surround the patio. The time capsule, to be opened in 2062, holds items that show what life in Kinston was like between 1911 and 2012. The time capsule was placed a year prior to the sculpture during the “Centennial Corner” dedication in October 2011.

    Images by Rusty Long: Brick patio marker | Time capsule sculpture | Plaque | History and Art | Retail | Textiles | Agriculture |

  • Inscription

    Time capsule sculpture plaque: “CENTENNIAL CORNER / HERITAGE TIME CAPSULE AND / CENTERPIECE SCULPTURE” / STEPHEN AND HOLLY HILL

    Far left bench plaque: “HISTORY AND ART” / IN MEMORY OF MR. AND MRS. A.R. [unreadable] / KINSTON OFFICE SUPPLY CO. FOUNDED 19_ _ / LOVINGLY DESIGNED BY THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

    Left center bench plaque: “RETAIL” / [unreadable] / [unreadable] / LOVINGLY DESIGNED BY THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

    Right center bench plaque: “TEXTILES / [unreadable] / LOVINGLY DESIGNED BY THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

    Far right bench plaque: “AGRICULTURE” / CHERRY ENERGY, ESTABLISHED 1928 / LOVINGLY DESIGNED BY THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

    Brick patio marker: KINSTON-LENOIR COUNTY / CHAMBER OF / COMMERCE / LEADING THE WAY FOR 100 YEARS / CENTENNIAL / CORNER / OCTOBER 31, 2011

  • Custodian

    City of Kinston

  • Dedication Date

    November 13, 2012

  • Decade

    2010s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.259510 , -77.583010 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Hanks, Byran C. “Chamber Dedicates New Sculpture, Time Capsule,” Kinston.com, http://www.kinston.com, November 13, 2012, (accessed December 1, 2015) Link

      “100 Years Celebration,” Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce, http://www.kinstonchamber.com, (accessed December 1, 2015) Link

      “Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran,” Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran, (accessed December 1, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Sculpture: Stainless steel, granite. Benches: Steel, concrete

  • Sponsors

    Sculpture: Stephen and Holly Hill. Time capsule: Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Kinston Mayor Pro Tem Joe Tyson greeted approximately 50 people gathered on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in November 2013 to dedicate the time capsule sculpture. Tyson then turned the ceremony over to Arts Council Director Sandy Landis who introduced the sculptors and the Hill family. “For hundreds of years, Kinston has sent things like cotton and tobacco into the world,” Stephen Hill said. “The hands are holding the world here; we’re going out into the world, but the hands of this community hold it all together.”

    The Ribbon Cutting and Time Capsule Dedication Ceremony at the Centennial Park took place on October 31, 2011 as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration for the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Subject Notes

    The time capsule holds photos and documents from 100 years of the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce, copies of The Free Press and memorabilia from important local businesses and organizations.

    Hanna Jubran is a Palestinian sculptor, born in Jish, the upper Galilee. He is currently a Sculpture Professor and Sculpture Area Coordinator at East Carolina University. His work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space using materials such as wood, granite, steel, iron and bronze. Hanna and his wife Jodi Hollnagel-Jurbran are significant contributors to the artistic and historical commemorative landscape of North Carolina. Over 30 of their works dot the landscape to include Western North Carolina Veterans Memorial in Asheville, Nooherooka Monument in Snow Hill, Monument to a Century of Flight in Kitty Hawk, and Pee Dee the Pirate at ECU in Greenville.

  • Location

    A small park at Centennial Corner occupies a long narrow tree lined strip of land overlooking the Neuse River. The Centennial Corner is located at the corner of King and Herritage Streets in Kinston, NC. The CSS Ironclad Gunboat "Neuse" marker is to the right of the Kinston Time Capsule and Benches memorial complex. Centennial Corner is part of Tiffany West Park where the Korean/Vietnam War Memorial is visible a short distance away. A Walk of Honor also passes through the park and a short distance down Herritage Street is a full-size replica of the CSS Neuse Civil War.

  • Landscape

    The memorial complex is between a paved side walk and the Neuse River. Trees and bushes are planted as part of the Centennial Corner.

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