On Friday, November 15, the Sheridan community came out in full force to celebrate the launch of Sheridan’s new visual identity and to honour Pierre Poussin, a 2006 graduate whose outdoor “S” sculpture is the newest symbol of Sheridan’s future.
A sweet day for Sheridan, the event began with music, interactive displays, and donuts and timbits arranged in a giant “S”, next to a candy bar featuring treats in the new brand colours. But the true highlight was the chance to see the unveiling of Poussin’s sculpture – the latest piece of public art to adorn the Oakville campus.
Poussin has previously created landmark pieces for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Para-Olympic Games, the Peace Bridge Authority of Fort Erie and Buffalo NY, and the colourful mural called Dancing Markets at our very own HMC Campus. He’s known for his use of organic shapes, contrasting materials, vibrant colours and a mix of textures, so that his designs link to their surroundings and emphasize the character of each location.
Before unveiling his latest creation, Poussin told the crowd, “It is a deep honour to be here today, unveiling the school icon – that will follow Sheridan toward its evolution into a first rate university. Sheridan has been and will continue to be an institution of great merit, forward thinking in its programs and always at the forefront of cutting edge technologies.”
“Sheridan has helped shape multitudes of thinkers, artists, professionals and leaders – of various industries in our country and beyond – I am grateful to have been a part of this legacy…” – Pierre Poussin
Poussin thanked Lafontaine IronWerks for their assistance with the fabrication, engineering and installation of the statue. He noted that the new Sheridan pattern was adapted for intricate laser cutting on both the front and the back of the statue. An internal LED lighting system ensures that the sculpture features Sheridan’s new brand colours in a playful and dynamic way. Professor Janelle Guthrie created the blue drape that kept the sculpture a secret. Coincidentally, Guthrie and Poussin were students at Sheridan together – Guthrie in the textiles stream of the Crafts & Design program and Poussin in furniture.
Poussin continued, “Sheridan has helped shape multitudes of thinkers, artists, professionals and leaders – of various industries in our country and beyond – I am grateful to have been a part of this legacy – and I am very honoured to be here today, giving back to the school that has given me the skills to be a leader in my field.”
Judging by the scores of people who lined up to take their photo at the “S” immediately after the unveiling, Poussin’s creation has already been warmly accepted. A similar statue will be created for Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton. Arrangements are under way to bring a manifestation of the new Sheridan brand to the HMC Campus in Mississauga, where the College does not own any land outside of its building.
Pictured at top of page: Sheridan alumnus and artist Pierre Poussin
Written by: Christine Szustaczek, Director of Communications and External Relations at Sheridan.