By KAROLYN GEPHART
A sculpture donation to the City of Friendswood will be placed in Stevenson Park. The gift, approved unanimously by City Council at a recent Council meeting was designed by artist Dale Rogers to depict Family, Community and Togetherness. The piece is titled “4 People.”
The donation was from Art Friends of Downtown Friendswood.
The art piece is a Cor-Ten 1/8th inch Steel sculpture. Its dimensions are 7 ft. H x 15 ft. W x 8 inches D.
A sign on the sculpture pad will display “Art sparks the imagination and encourages conversation.”
Rogers has over 15 years perfecting large 3-D sculptures that are displayed throughout the country in over 160 public and private locations.
The City of Friendswood will pour the concrete base pads for the sculpture. Cor-Ten steel requires little or no maintenance and can be treated occasionally if needed, according to Rogers.
Multiple Cor-Ten steel signs exist in Friendswood including the cutout Library sign over the entrance, the monument signs at the entrances to Eagle Lakes subdivision, and the various monument signs at West Ranch and in the interior subsections there.
The sculpture will be placed in Stevenson Park on the corner of Shadwell and Friendswood Drive.
City Manager Mo Kabiri reported the value of the sculpture including installation to be approximately $11K.
Art Friends of Downtown Friendswood is group of artists and community activists who came together in 2014 to create an art event to raise money for a positive cause in the local community. After the success of the initial Chalk Walk the committee continued to meet and began to talk about how future Chalk Walk proceeds could benefit the citizens of Friendswood.
The consensus was that the funds raised would provide city wide public art for Friendswood. Chalk Walk was held again in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2017 and 2018.
Members include Luis Briones of Friendswood Frame & Gallery; Sally Durand, a retired hospital administration; Diane Fifer of Art Dwellers; Avril Forster, data base/graphics specialist; McKenna Giamfortone and Jan Nemitz, both Friendswood High School art teachers; Betsy Miller of Colors of the Heart and teacher; and Lynn Shigekawa, non-profit organization consultant.
The group expects the delivery and installation to be completed this fall.