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PCC Unveils Jubran Sculpture on Campus


Artist Hanna Jubran poses beside his latest masterpiece, "A Moment of Discovery."WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College held a ceremony this month to unveil a new sculpture on campus created by world-renowned artist Hanna Jubran.

Called “A Moment of Discovery,” the stainless steel-and-bronze sculpture was purchased in commemoration of PCC’s 50th Anniversary. It has been placed just outside of the Craig F. Goess Student Center and faces Reedy Branch Road to provide more exposure.

At 13-feet tall and six-and-a-half-feet wide, Jubran’s latest masterpiece is two-feet deep and weighs approximately 1,400 pounds. Including planning and design, he says it took him more than two months to complete.

Jubran, a native of Israel, teaches at East Carolina University, where he is the Sculpture Department’s area coordinator.

In addition to the new PCC sculpture, Jubran’s local works include the “Hands of Hope” statue at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville and the pirate statue outside of ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. He said his wife, Jodi, is involved in the development of nearly all of his sculptures.

“A Moment of Discovery,” Jubran says, was created specifically for the PCC campus. He added that the piece carries the ‘four elements’ (earth, water, fire and wind) as a theme from top to bottom.

Charity Valentine, coordinator of PCC’s Fine Arts program, helped lead the effort to have Jubran’s sculpture placed on campus as a member of the college’s Art Committee. She explained that even though Pitt’s classic buildings and manicured lawns are very attractive, the campus still lacked art as a crucial element, adding that Jubran’s work reinforces the Goess Student Center’s geometric lines.

According to Valentine, the Art Committee wanted an impressive sculpture on campus to expose the student body to the value of art and to broaden their awareness of the local arts community.

“When our youth can understand and place value on intrinsic beauty, it will empower them to carry those values with them into their successful careers,” Valentine said. “For those students who dream of becoming artists, the sculpture is an amazing example of how there is a market for fine artists to sell their own work.”