This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: 96, a seven-foot statue of patriot and
university namesake, George Mason, was dedicated. The
statue, sculpted by Northern Virginia artist Wendy M.
Ross, was commissioned by the George Mason Fund for
the Arts and the Arts Gala Committee with contributions from the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, students, and friends. The statue portrays the
great statesman presenting his handwritten ﬁrst draft of
the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776. The writing
table on Mason’s right replicates the original, which can
be found in the study at Gunston Hall, his home in
Fairfax County, Virginia. The three books on the
table—works by Hume, Locke, and Rousseau—depict
sources of Mason’s thoughts on individual liberty. The
statue serves as a constant reminder of the ideals most
important to both George Mason the man and George
Mason University: freedom and learning.
A few years ago, Mason’s Most Motivated student group
started decorating George as a way to increase school 16 spirit and attendance at various activities and events. It
has now become a tradition for some...
View Full Document