Eagle by Robert Johnson

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Artist Robert Johnson created “Eagle” in 1958 for the top of the First Minnesota Savings Bank in St. Paul. In 1987 the eagle was moved to the campus of Northwestern College in Roseville.

A plaque in front of the sculpture reads:

The Golden Eagle

The Eagle was a generous gift from the First Minnesota Savings Bank. For 29 years it stood as a proud symbol atop its headquarters in St. Paul.

The sculpture is 18 feet high, 11 feet long, has a 23-foot wingspan, weighs 1100 pounds and is layered in gold.

Our former Public Relations Director, Peter Buckles, was instrumental in obtaining the Eagle for our campus. Peter is now at home with the Lord.

The Northwestern College Board of Trustees extends sincere appreciation to First Minnesota for the Golden Eagle and dedicates it to all Northwestern students this 21st day of May, 1987.

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They wil soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Another plaque on the sculpture reads:

The eagle represents strength, grace and keenness of vision as it soars at great heights. In this spirit, with great appreciation the Golden Eagle is located on the Northwestern campus in loving memory of Peter Buckles, a 1980 Northwestern Business Administration graduate. He served Northwestern in Public Relations and Development for fourteen years. Peter went home to be with the Lord on October 6, 1994.

You have let me experience the joy of life and the exquisite pleasure of your own eternal presence. Psalm 16:11 (TLB)

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