Time Capsule Sculpture and Benches, Kinston
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
Images by Rusty Long: Brick patio marker | Time capsule sculpture | Plaque | History and Art | Retail | Textiles | Agriculture |
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
City of Kinston
November 13, 2012
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“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
Sculpture: Stainless steel, granite. Benches: Steel, concrete
Sculpture: Stephen and Holly Hill. Time capsule: Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce
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.
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.
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.
The memorial complex is between a paved side walk and the Neuse River. Trees and bushes are planted as part of the Centennial Corner.