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Library unveils life-size statue

Posted: Friday, Mar 8th, 2013

Sculptor Mack Holman and Siuslaw Public Library Director Steve Skidmore survey the library’s new statue. At left is a closeup photo of the statue’s face.

A life-size bronze statue of a woman clutching a book while in a blissful stance was unveiled last week at the Siuslaw Public Library after nine months in the making by renowned Gardiner sculptor Mack Holman.

The 6-foot, 500-pound sculpture, as yet unnamed, was delivered and placed March 1 near the flagpole on the library grounds on Ninth Street in Florence. A formal dedication of the statue is planned for later this year.

According to Library Director Steve Skidmore, the idea of having a sculpture has been in the works since the completion of the library’s building expansion project in 2010.

“It’s always a good idea to have some sort of public art that’s connected to a major building project, so that was kind of our focus,” he said. “… A separate committee (was formed) and the idea of a sculpture came about.”

The committee met with Holman, owner of the Tsunami Gallery in Gardiner, after viewing his iconic bronze figure titled “Cramming for Finals,” which can been seen while passing through Gardiner on Highway 101.

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