You would be correct to aesthetically associate the Arrival and Departure installation with a pair of magnified ship bollards. The impressive duo of gorgeous granite sculptures is located on campus of the University of Plymouth to commemorate the institution's 150th year.
There is great symbolism tied up within the monumental artwork by Ian McChesney that alludes to the American city's rich maritime history. References to the epic oceanic voyages of the original pilgrims, of Sir Francis Drake and of Darwin are bound within the beautiful installation, but the meaning has been further drawn into the present context. Arrival and Departure signifies the journeys of students on their quests for education -- and conveniently provides them with a place to congregate and repose.