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Tom Holdman, left, and Nick Lawyer, right, discuss the progress of an art glass panel that will be part of “The Roots of Knowledge,” a 200-foot-long stained glass installation for Utah Valley University, at Holdman Studios in Lehi on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. The university announced a $1.5 million donation from philanthropists Marc and Deborah Bingham that will enable the completion of the massive stained glass installation.

LEHI — The most ambitious public art project in Utah Valley University's history is one step closer to completion due to a $1.5 million donation from Orem philanthropists Marc and Deborah Bingham, the school announced.

“The Roots of Knowledge” installation, first conceived in 2009, consists of 80 stained glass windows totaling 10 feet by 200 feet depicting the history of humanity.

UVU President Matthew Holland said the interior space of the library, where the work will be installed, will be named the Marc and Deborah Bingham Gallery in honor of their donation.

The massive installation is the work of stained glass artist Tom Holdman, who has designed windows in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world.

In a statement, the Binghams said they "believe strongly in the vision behind this work of art."

“With all that’s going on in the world, it’s important that we understand our past, and ‘Roots of Knowledge’ helps us do that in a beautiful and significant way,” they said.

The project is funded through more than $3 million in private donations, according to the university.

The work will be unveiled on Nov. 18 to coincide with the school's 75th anniversary.

The Binghams are longtime supporters of UVU. They fund an ongoing scholarship for single parents at UVU and donated $1 million in 2010 for the construction of the university's science building.

"We are incredibly grateful to Marc and Debbie Bingham for enabling us to complete the production and installation of ‘The Roots of Knowledge’ windows through their generous gift,” Holland said.

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