FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2004
photo credit: Jafe Parsons Photography
SEVEN SCULPTURES RECENTLY PLACED BY THE COLORADO BASED GROUP NATIONAL SCULPTORS’ GUILD IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER ENTRY AND SIGNATURE SCULPTURE AT LITTLE ROCK NATIONAL AIRPORT LITTLE ROCK, AR – Six bronze sculptures by National Sculptors’ Guild members left the bronze casting foundries in Wyoming and Colorado November 5th strapped to a 40-foot flat-bed truck headed along the Arkansas River to Little Rock, AR. The artwork installed later that week and was dedicated Sunday, November 14th at 2 p.m. as a portion of the Formal Pedestrian Walk from the River Market Shops to the new Clinton Presidential Center at 3rd & Clinton Avenue.
An additional sculpture preceded the Clinton Entry artwork, installed at the National Airport in September, 2004. All sculptures are by National Sculptors’ Guild Members and were presented by the NSG Executive Director, John W. Kinkade to a panel. Since the dedication, the City of Little Rock immediately began discussions of future placements from the Colorado-based organization which specializes in placing monumental sculpture across the nation.
The sculptures were created by National Sculptors’ Guild members Jane DeDecker of Loveland, CO; Carol Gold of Fairfax, CA; and Sandy Scott of Lander, WY. The artworks were selected from the proposal presented by NSG Executive Director, John W. Kinkade. Kinkade chose to pull key elements from President Clinton’s speech “Bridge to the 21st Century” to organize the progression to the library. He proposed numerous individual concepts by 14 national sculptors reflecting each theme. The Little Rock committee chose the six final artworks.
The artwork speaks to Arkansas’ quality of life and thematic subject matter derived from President Clinton’s speech “Bridge to the 21st Century”. Sandy Scott’s “Eagle of the Rock” will be placed on Clinton Avenue and “River Market Pig” will be placed at the Farmer’s Market to provide the start of a pedestrian transition from River Market to the Clinton Presidential Center, subsequently, a sculpture will be placed every 200 yards, Jane DeDecker’s “Touch the Sky”, “Anglers” & “Harriet Tubman” and Carol Gold’s “Fiesta”. (Artist Resumes and a further explanation of sculpture and placements attached)
The library placement follows the recent installation of fellow National Sculptors’ Guild member, Mark Leichliter’s sculpture “Encircling the Future”. The artwork was one of the original proposed works for the Clinton Center but was instead selected as the signature sculpture for the Little Rock National Airport in Arkansas. Leichliter of Fort Collins, CO completed the 16-foot tall
powder-coated steel sculpture in August. "I created the piece last year as a smaller sculpture," Leichliter explained, "The National Sculptors' Guild proposed the piece to the City of Little Rock who considered it for the new Clinton Library before deciding that the sculpture would best serve to welcome visitors arriving at the Little Rock airport."
The National Sculptors' Guild is an association of its design team and nationally recognized sculptors chosen for their outstanding artistic abilities and varied style with the primary objective to conceive and seek out monumental placements for members' work. Columbine Galleries serves as headquarters and home to the NSG and its’ sculpture garden, featuring some of the nation's finest monumental sculptures. 2683 N. Taft Ave., Loveland, Colorado 80538.
For further information please visit our website, www.nationalsculptorsguild.com
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JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to