Today we moved Ward’s sculpture from our backyard, where it’s been for about  a year, to its permanent home at the town park.

the view from our living room a couple of days ago, shot by Daddy J:

For those of you who don’t know the story, after Ward’s accident we requested that donations be made in his honor so that we could build a playground at the park  in our small town.  It was a huge success; friends and family and strangers donated generously and we now have a wonderful community playground.  We also had a very talented sculptor build a climb-on statue of Ward’s favorite animal, a lobster, with donated funds.

Daddy J and I commissioned a bronze sculpture from another very talented local artist with the intent of installing it at the playground on a base imprinted with the hands of friends and family.  However, we got cold feet after hearing about vandalism in the park at the nearby small town and the defacing of a bronze scupture in the county seat.  The idea of anything obscene or hateful being done to Ward’s sculpture is sickening.  We had met with the bronze sculptor about making an all new, abstract sculpture and installing that at the park instead.

And flip-flopped again and decided to install it at the park.

The sculptor is just a couple of blocks away, so if anything happens to the sculpture, he is close by to repair it.  And if vandalism is an issue, we’ll move it back to our backyard.  It won’t be fun to deal with, but it won’t be the end of the world.

Here is a pic Daddy J took of the sculptor and his helper getting it in place today:

We oriented it so that he’s facing back toward the main playground and amphitheater area.  I liked the idea of him lifting up and doing a flying swoop over the space, and we wanted him to be facing where kids would be playing.  We think the superman costume has some great positive imagery, and we love his ready-to-lift-off stance.

Check it out if/when you’re in our little village.  We’re very proud of it.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sweetsalty kate
    May 16, 2009 @ 21:41:05

    Oh, it’s perfect. It’s so wonderful. And the handprints! I love it so much…

  2. ncmarg
    May 19, 2009 @ 13:37:51

    It took my breath away to see such a beautiful child as Wardie replicated in bronze. A wonderful, wonderful tribute.

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