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Edinboro University Dedicates New Monument

Bird's eye view of the Standing Stones monument

Bird's eye view of the Standing Stones monument

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania dedicated its “Standing Stones at the Highlands” monument on October 6, 2011.

 Situated in the pedestrian crossroads of the new, $117 million Highlands at Edinboro University student housing project of eight suite-style buildings accommodating more than 1,600 students, and directly across Scotland Road from the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, this uniquely landscaped architectural amenity celebrates the strength of Edinboro University and its Scottish heritage and traditions.

 

The “Standing Stones” monument culminates the four-year Highlands project. Led by a team of individuals representing the University, Foundation, Student Government Association, Residence Life, faculty, staff and Weber Murphy Fox Architects, the concept of a Megalithic monument was developed and brought to fruition.

 

Megalithic rings are scattered over much of western Scotland in particular, and the circles are widely considered among the most awe-inspiring prehistoric monuments in the land.  At the Highlands, the circle features a spectacular “floating” relief map of Scotland, highlighting relationships between the City of Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.  The “stones” standing outside the circle also focus a visitor’s attention on a particular sightline – one bisecting Edinburgh, Scotland on the map and aligned in the actual direction to the Scottish capital.

 

Edinboro University was founded in 1857 by the descendants of Scottish immigrants, who came to the area in the late 1790s. They named their community “Edinboro” after their beloved Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

According to the team that collaborated to create the “Standing Stones at the Highlands,” the project was conceived to provide the sense of way finding and to make an intentional connection between Edinburgh and Edinboro. The conceptual design is to provide visitors, students, alumni and others with an eternal touchstone always pointing home to Edinboro, no matter where their individual paths may lead.