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Jacob’s Dream lands on ‘The Texas Bucket List’

By on April 3, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News with 0 Comments
Jack Maxwell and “The Texas Bucket List” host Shane McAuliffe

Jack Maxwell and “The Texas Bucket List” host Shane McAuliffe

Jacob’s Dream, the popular sculpture site at Abilene Christian University, will be featured regionally Easter weekend on a new episode of “The Texas Bucket List” TV show.

The show can be seen in Abilene on KTXS-TV at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and on more than two dozen other Texas stations. See your local cable provider for a date and time where you live.

Host Shane McAuliffe and producer Nick Smeloff made a visit to campus last fall to scout the 34-foot-tall bronze landmark and immediately went to work shooting footage. The show’s segment includes an interview with artist Jack Maxwell (’78) and several ACU students.

ACU student Simone Leonard was interviewed for the show.

ACU student Simone Leonard was interviewed for the show.

“The Texas Bucket List” began in 2011 after McAuliffe – who has worked in broadcasting in Abilene, Corpus Christi, Austin and Bryan/College Station – started the concept at KBTX-TV in College Station.

Jacob’s Dream was dedicated in 2006 to recognize the generosity of the late Grace L. Woodward and her family of Kerrville, Texas. The inspirational site, which features four 8-foot-tall bronze angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven during a dream described in Genesis 28, annually attracts visitors from around the world. It also includes a baptismal pool and is a daily destination point for classes, devotionals, weddings, baptisms, and the work of photographers and videographers shooting images of individuals and families.

“The Making of Jacob’s Dream,” a 2007 documentary tracing development of the sculpture, received four Telly Awards and an Emmy nomination:

This short video provides a bird’s-eye tour of the sculpture:

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Ron Hadfield

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About the Author: Ron Hadfield is editor of ACU Today magazine and assistant vice president for university communication at Abilene Christian, where he began work in 1983 overseeing Creative Services at his alma mater.
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