2000 Years on the Edge

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'2000 Years on the Edge' (1999) by sculptor Reinhard Reitzenstein, with Decew Residence in the background. Photos: Amelia Smerchynsky.

Close up of Bronze Branch.

Information plaque.


General Information

2000 Years on the Edge, a 1999 bronze and stone sculpture by German-Canadian artist Reinhard Reitzenstein, is one of the strangest looking sculptures located on campus. Without knowing the meaning of it, you might be quite confused about what it actually is. The statue consists of two boulders placed on top of each other with what appears to be roots of a tree holding the entire piece of work together.

The sculpture, located in front of the Decew Residence in Jubilee Court, was placed at Brock University to pay respect to the ancient cedar forests that inhabit the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. The trees growing in the area are over 2000 years old, and have survived despite their precarious location and the harsh conditions on the exposed rock faces of the Escarpment.

The sculpture serves as a focal point and meeting place for students living on campus for things such as residence events. Students have been known to climb and hang off of it because of its height and its bronze branch protruding out of the boulders.


Decew Residence: Oldest residence on campus. Houses 411 students each year. Traditional Residence. Inside the residence are a cafeteria and a student lounge called "Capitan Johns Lounge".

Jubilee Court: Outdoor sitting area filled with picnic benches and open space for students to do work and hang out. During Niagara's Grape and Wine Festival, Brock hosts the annual Grape Stomp in Jubilee Court.

Hours of Operation

Dawn to Dusk


From Toronto:

Merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way/ON-403 W go 20.8 km

Keep left to continue on Queen Elizabeth Way, follow signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie go 51.5 km

Take the exit onto ON-406 S toward Thorold/Welland/Port Colborne go 11.3 km

Take the Regional Road 71/Saint David's Road W exit go 450 m

Merge onto St David's Rd go 750 m

Continue onto Isaac Brock Blvd N go 300 m

Turn right onto Meter Rd go 130 m

Turn right Destination will be on the left

From Erie:

Head east on Municipal Centre Dr go 96 m

Take the 1st right to stay on Municipal Centre Dr go 110 m

Turn left onto Buffalo Rd go 190 m

Turn right onto Garrison Rd go 450 m

Take the 2nd left onto Pettit Rd/Regional Rd 118 go 1.9 km

Turn right onto Gilmore Rd/Regional Rd 19 go 400 m

Merge onto QEW/Queen Elizabeth Way via the ramp to Toronto go 27.1 km

Take exit 32 for Thorold Stone Road/Regional Road 57 toward Thorold go 290 m

Turn left onto Thorold Stone Road go 5.5 km

Continue onto ON-58 N (signs for Thorold/Ontario 406) go 3.1 km

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Regional Road 71/Saint David's Road go 1.4 km

Turn left onto St David's Rd/Regional Road 71 go 550 m

Continue onto Isaac Brock Blvd go 300 m

Turn right onto Meter Rd go 130 m

Turn right Destination will be on the left

Statue located in front of Decew Residence

Further Information

Reinhard Reitzenstein portfolio: site specific works.http://www.reinhardreitzenstein.com/images/site_2000years/2000_home1.htm


public restrooms, vending machines and public food courts are available throughout campus

Admission Fee

Free Parking $7.00




Phone: 905-688-5550


500 Glenridge Ave
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2S 3A1

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude: 43.1194029
Longitude: -79.2490571



Brock University
500 Glenridge Ave
St Catharines, Ontario
L2S 3A1
Tel 905-688-5550