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In 2009, the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation brought a monumental, world-class work of art to Edmond.
Installed in the 120-foot-long reflecting pool in front of Armstrong Auditorium, Swans in Flight is a bronze-and-steel sculpture by internationally renowned sculptor, Sir David Wynne (1926 – 2014).
The massive sculpture was unveiled in 1968 by Herbert W. Armstrong and English sculptor David Wynne at the Big Sandy, Texas campus of Ambassador College. The artist personally oversaw the installation of the five bronze swans in the east Texas piney woods near the city of Tyler.
Armstrong, who considered Wynne to be the greatest living sculptor in the world, commissioned him to sculpt several pieces for the Ambassador campuses in the late 1960s. In addition to Swans in Flight, Wynne created the soaring egret sculpture for the Pasadena, Calif., campus, which still stands in front of Ambassador Auditorium, and Nestling Swans, a white marble sculpture for the campus in Bricket Wood, England.
After the demise of Ambassador College, the Worldwide Church of God eventually sold the 1,600-acre Big Sandy campus in 2000 to the Green Family Trust, owner of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., of Oklahoma City, for an undisclosed sum. Green then transferred ownership to the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a nonprofit educational ministry based in Oak Brook, Illinois, at the end of 2001. In November 2008, the Armstrong Foundation contacted the IBLP to inq