The Paralympian is one of three pieces that composes the new cycling sculpture by artist Bruce Larsen. The cycling sculpture will be unveiled during a ceremony open free to the public at 1730 (5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, 3 April 2014, on the Academy’s campus.
Public Invited to Bruce Larsen Sculpture Unveiling at the Academy
The Academy is inviting the public to the unveiling of their newest sculpture by the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year and local “found object” artist, Bruce Larsen. The newest addition to the Sport Sculpture Park will be unveiled at 1730 (5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, 3 April 2014, on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.
The addition will be 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 0800 (8:00 a.m.) -1700 (5:00 p.m.).
The first piece of the sculpture will be 12 feet tall and will depict an old-style cyclist. This piece will be unveiled by Mr. Robert Campbell III, Esq., the Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees and an Attorney in Mobile, Ala.
The second piece, depicting a Paralympian cyclist, will be unveiled by Ms. Nancy Raia, the Community Arts Director at the Eastern Shore Art Center and Chairperson of the Academy’s Art Committee. Thirdly, Mr. Dane Haygood, the Mayor of Daphne, will unveil the final piece depicting an Olympian.
Last but not least, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the Academy, and the artist, Bruce Larsen, will unveil the plaque dedicating the 24-foot sculpture.
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, 4 April 2014, and will conclude in Pensacola, Fla., on Sunday, 6 April 2014.
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