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10th CAL statue arrives

A persistent rain stopped just long enough Saturday afternoon for the Community Arts Legacy to dedicate its eighth statue in a series of 10.

Under gray skies, inBronze Foundry owner Jeff Adams and sculptor Robert Pulley pulled off the tarps to unveil "Working the Land" at the Oregon Park District's Community Garden on South 10th Street.

Pulley, 63, a retired teacher from Columbus, Ind., told the audience about the process of designing the statue.

"I'm very intuitive in the way I work," he said. "I work abstractly."

The blade-like arms of the 9-foot bronze remind him of a whirlwind going across the land, but could also be the blades of a plow, he said.

Pulley won the 2011 Fields Project Art Festival sculpture contest. CAL sponsors the contest each June and chooses the next statue in the series. Its mission is to erect 10 sculptures in 10 years in the community; the theme of the statues is bringing art and agriculture together.

The ninth statue, “Soypod” by Pamela Lee, was chosen this year. The full-sized sculpture in clay will arrive the first of next year at Adams' foundry in Mount Morris, ready to begin the process of casting it in bronze. 

In 2013, the 10th sculpture will be selected and the CAL goal will be realized.

The other sculptures, oldest to newest, are “From the Waters Comes My Bounty”, which was placed at Kiwanis Park but is being moved to Oregon Park East; "Agriculture, Mother of Civilization" at the Ogle County Judicial Center; "Cornball" at the Oregon Coliseum; "The Bountiful Bench" at Oregon Public Library; "Solar Reef" at Oregon Park West; "Making Hay" at Stillman Bank; and "Harvest Hunter" at Nash Recreation Center.

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