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, Mr. Bruce Larsen. The latest addition, “The Swimmer,” was unveiled January 7, 2015, in the Academy’s Sport Sculpture Park, one of the largest sport sculpture parks in the world, located on the campus in Daphne, Ala. The Mayor of Daphne, Dane Haygood and the staff and faculty of the Academy were present for the unveiling.
The piece is of a magnificent swimmer emerging from the water for a breath in the middle of the butterfly stroke. Larson’s sculptures are made from recycled materials including spiky metal objects, whole rusted motorcycles, bicycles, automobile chunks, tractor parts, and pipes of all sizes — plus some in the form of metal globes, grates, gears, and gangly gadgets.
Larsen’s art is owned by Bill Clinton, Sting, Robert Plant, Philippe Cousteau, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, and many by the Academy. The Academy displays nine pieces of his sculptures located mainly in the Sport Sculpture Park on the Academy campus. In addition to “The Swimmer”’ other sculptures that can be viewed for free by the public include “The Cyclist”, “The Iron Bowl”, “Nastia” and “Borzov the Sprinter” just to name a few.
“Bruce is a genius, and his work brings attention and visitors to the coast,” says Dr. Thomas Rosandich, President and CEO of the United States Sports Academy. “People come to the Academy to photograph his sculptures and they take the pictures back to their homes all over the world. He has a work ethic like no one else and he is also giving with his time and art.”
The sculpture is the newest addition to the nearly 2,000 piece collection of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA). They are all available for viewing Monday through Friday 0900 (9:00 a.m.) -1700 (5:00 p.m.). The museum is free and open to the public.
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