The Academy is excited to announce the unveiling of their newest sculpture by the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year and local “found object” artist, Bruce Larsen. The latest addition to the Sport Sculpture Park will be unveiled at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014, on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.
The piece, depicting a swimmer in the midst of the butterfly, will be named in honor of Dara Torres, a five-time Olympic swimmer and world-record holder. Torres has earned a remarkable twelve Olympic Medals since competing in her first Olympic competition during the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, Calif.
The picture features the face of the sculpture, which is built of water-based clay over a recycled gas meter from Fairhope, Ala. The completed sculpture will have a wingspan of 16 feet and weigh approximately 1,000 pounds.
An inspiration to athletes of all sports, Torres competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the age of 41 and nearly qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games at the age of 45. She is currently the United States record holder in the 50-meter freestyle with the medal-winning time of 24.07 seconds.
In 2009, Torres added “top-selling author” to her list of achievements after publishing her memoir, “Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life.” Since then, she has published a second book entitled, “Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program”, in 2010, which quickly became a New York Times Best-Seller.
In addition, Torres is a poised commentator appearing on shows such as ESPN, CNN, Fox News, Today Show, Good Morning America, along with many others.The sculpture is the newest addition to the nearly 2,000 piece collection of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which is open free to the public Monday through Friday 0900 (9:00 a.m.) -1700 (5:00 p.m.).
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