The Academy’s newest sculpture was unveiled by (from left to right) Mr. Robert Campbell III, Esq., Mayor Dane Haygood, Mr. Bruce Larsen, Ms. Nancy Raia and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.
Local art and sport enthusiasts gathered at the United States Sports Academy for the unveiling of their most recent sculpture by the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year and local “found object” artist, Bruce Larsen. The newest addition to the Sport Sculpture Park was unveiled to an eager crowd on Thursday afternoon, April 3, 2014, on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.
The much-anticipated addition, which is comprised of four separate and equally awe-inspiring pieces, is the largest sculpture in 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 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The ceremony commenced when Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the Academy, unveiled the plaque dedicating the 24-foot sculpture. Then, the first piece of the sculpture, depicting a tricyclist, was unveiled by the artist himself, Bruce Larsen.
The second piece of the sculpture, a 12-foot tall Civil War cyclist, was unveiled by Mr. Robert Campbell III, Esq., the Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees and an attorney in Mobile, Ala.
The third piece, depicting a wheelchair cyclist, was unveiled by Ms. Nancy Raia, the Community Arts Director at the Eastern Shore Art Center and Chairperson of the Academy’s Art Committee.
Lastly, Mr. Dane Haygood, the Mayor of Daphne, unveiled the final piece depicting an Olympic cyclist.
The theme for the sculpture was selected in part by the Academy’s role as a transition point in the upcoming 263-mile Gulf Coast Interstate Relay. The Relay, which includes runners and cyclists, will begin in New Orleans, La., on Friday, April 4, 2014, and will conclude in Pensacola, Fla., on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.