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Friday, July 6, 2007

The latest LR sculpture

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2007 at 1:41 PM

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“Forever a Rose,” a life-sized bronze of a kneeling woman holding a rose, has been installed in Riverfront Park just west of the Main Street Bridge.

The sculpture, by Denny Haskew of Loveland, Colo., was a gift to the city by City Director Dean Kumpuris and his wife and Dr. and Mrs. Drew Kumpuris.

Like the other sculptures that have been installed along the River Walk and on Clinton Avenue, the piece comes through the National Sculptors Guild of Colorado. John Kincaid, who's come to Arkansas several times for the installation of the other pieces, was again in attendance today.

Scott Carter, a spokesman for the city and liaison to its Arts and Culture Committee, said he couldn’t comment on why the NSG had supplied all the sculpture in Riverfront Park. All were gifts to the city by various individuals. Area sculptors have grumbled in the past about public art commissions being awarded without requests for proposals in public spaces. Carter said the city is "'starting to examine" how other cities choose public art.

(Postscript: The city announced the work’s name as “Forever Rose,” but images of the work on the Sculpture Guild website and references to it on other sites give the name as “Forever a Rose.”)

-- By Leslie Newell Peacock

 

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