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Artist moves closer
to completion of sculpture

 

By Alex Welch
Assistant Editor 

  Local artist Andy Davis is drawing closer to finishing his sculpture of Patrick Henry, which will be placed in McDonough Square upon the project’s completion. The City of Stockbridge and Vulcan Materials Co. recently contributed a three-ton piece of granite for the project. The granite will form the pedestal for the sculpture of Henry to stand on, and part of it will also be used in creating a life-size bust to be displayed at Stockbridge City Hall.  

From l to r: Stockbridge City Manager David Milliron, Mayor Mark Alarcon and artist Andy Davis locate the piece of granite that will be use for the sculpture.                              Special Photo

  “The granite is just a gorgeous piece. It was a spectacular event to see it in that raw form and know that 600 years from now, it’s going to be on display,” said Davis. He picked out the granite at Vulcan Materials Co. on Rock Quarry Road.

  Davis says the granite still needs a flatbed to move it to the location where it will be cut to shape and polished. Overall, Davis says the project needs another $20-30 thousand to finish.

The Patrick Henry sculpture stands unfinished, still about one month from completion.                        Special Photo

  Davis first presented the project about two years ago. Henry is an inspirational figure to him, which led to the desire to construct the sculpture. “He was a master orator. He used his talents to support and to further something he believed in. That’s the power of spoken word,” said Davis. The sculpture of Henry will be the only one in the world of him giving his powerful “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech.

  The project is through a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations, which are tax-deductible, can be sent to Henry First, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Ga., 30253 and can be designated for the Patrick Henry Sculpture Fund.

 

 

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