“Enigma” dedication celebrates life and legacy of Denny Plattner ’84

A new artistic centerpiece in the George and Sara Zirkle Garden will be dedicated, Saturday, Sept. 30, during a ceremony on the Hanover College campus. The event, held adjacent to the Lynn Center for Fine Arts, will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Enigma I statue

“Enigma” is a gift to Hanover from the Denny Plattner Scholarship Fund, Andy Plattner and sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. The cast-iron statue, which stands approximately six-feet tall, will be centered in the Zirkle Garden, located between the Duggan Library and Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

The Plattner family has strong ties to the College. For years, the Denny Plattner Scholarship Fund has generously supported international travel opportunities for Hanover students.

In addition to the donation of "Enigma," the scholarship fund recently became endowed, ensuring that generations of the College's students will be able to enjoy off-campus travel experiences in perpetuity.

Thorarinsdottir, who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, has worked professionally for more than 30 years. She has used the human form as the main means of expression throughout her career.

She has exhibited widely in Australia, Europe, Japan and the U.S. Her works - various forms of sculpture and different materials - are in private, public and corporate collections worldwide and have been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.

George Zirkle, a member of Hanover’s faculty from 1936-76, was the founder of the College’s psychology department. Sara, meanwhile, occasionally taught in the department and worked in the library.

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