Book Sculpture / Artist: Kubach-Wilmsen / Photographed by: Andrea Behrends
Painting of Donna Nicely / Artist: Michael Shane Neal / Photographed by: Andrea Behrends
Growing up on a farm in southern Indiana I have a close connection to limestone. Indiana limestone has been the material of buildings, landmarks, and monuments for hundreds of years. I see in it strength, stability, a stately elegance and in many other ways everything need for this project. After a couple of weeks scaling and modeling I presented the concept, which was enthusiastically approved, especially the limestone. As Donna put it “it has to be limestone. The library façade is limestone because of Phil Bredesen.” In conception, drafting, and editing the base came together quite easily. I had a vision, it just need to be realized. I had no idea how much work it would take to plant my vision on the staircase landing in the library. Rocks are heavy and big rocks are really heavy. I think the base weighted in at some number over a half ton – no elevator, no lift and 12-14 steps in either direction. With careful planning (I hired the right crew) and some onsite engineering we were able to see a vision realized.
Installation process of sculpture base for bust of Gov. Phil Bredesen
Sculpted Bust of Governor Phil Bredesen / Artist: Bruce Wolfe / Photographed by: Andrea Behrends
Donor Recognition / Artist: Dawn Whitelaw / Photographed by: Andrea Behrends