The Stephen Powell Memorial Sculpture Garden features a 25-foot-tall steel and glass sculpture that spectators can walk through, as well as a garden, a walking path, three custom-made artistic benches, and a small amphitheater that serves as an outdoor classroom and campus gathering space. The sculpture, titled “Soaring Renegade Peacock”. Its shape is reminiscent of Stephen’s iconic glass vessels. The entire sculpture is lighted, and an illuminated circle that incorporates shards of Stephen’s pieces lays in the ground beneath the towering piece. Other former students of Stephen’s who helped create the sculpture and benches include Louisville artists Paul Nelson, Paul Hugues and John Stokes.

Stephen Powell inspired and influenced a great number of his students, friends, and peers. After his untimely death, I felt it was important to create something in his honor to recognize the impact he had at Centre College, in the Danville community and in the glass art world. I envisioned a special place with a dynamic presence; a space that invites visitors to follow the color and discover a bit of Stephen’s personal vibrancy. In many ways Stephen was larger than life. I wanted to “pull-off one last Steve project, in true Steve style”! With the help and encouragement of a great team, my vision has come together and now the Stephen Rolfe Powell Sculpture Garden exists. I hope the sculpture, surrounding garden and outdoor classroom reflects some of Stephen’s energy and personality.”  -Brook F. White, Jr.