Regeneration of Time

Louis Marinaro
1996; Bronze; Sculpture
Medical Campus; SE corner of the Glen Avenue Parking Structure

The piece depicts a man and a woman carrying a child toward the hospital and was intended to represent both the clinical care component and the medical education and research component of the Medical Center. Associate Professor of Art at U-M, Marinaro described the symbolism of the piece thus: “The subject of my sculpture has always been centered around two major themes, education and care, as in the University and the Hospital. The title Regeneration of Time was selected to reflect the subject of the work for the following reasons. Regeneration implies a form of re-creation, or to make over, into a better form or condition. The adult male figure holds the child at a point in space between the ground and the security of his arms. The child is in a gesture of repose, she is caught between what the adults want her to do and her secure past. The child looks at the earth her future, still holding to the adult but with the gesture of someone who will soon let go. The adult female figure looks at the child and holds an apple, symbolic of both knowledge and healing. Time is part of this title because the subject talks about the continuation of knowledge and care. The concept of time is only understood if you know the past, present and future. The adult figures represent the care and the wish for the child’s security at the same time they want the child to go forward. I think of the three figures in this composition as representing the three aspects of time—past, present and future. I do not mean to imply that one figure represents one aspect of time but that each figure embodies all three aspects of time. The male figure holds the future in the present and represents the child’s past. The adult female looks at the future and holds its promise as she stands in the past. The child holds to the present and represents the future as she gazes at her own.” Marinaro is also the sculptor of Wave Maker on South Campus.