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Sculpture to be dedicated Aug. 26

Sunday, August 14, 2011

TERRE HAUTE -- Free Fly, a sculpture by Terre Haute artist Bob Evans, will be dedicated Friday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m., in a public ceremony at Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, adjacent to the Swope Art Museum.

The sculpture will be installed on the Terre Haute Arts Corridor, south of 7th and Ohio Streets.

Free Fly, a 5-foot-11 cast and welded aluminum work of abstracted anthropomorphic forms, was acquired by the Swope Art Museum in 1977, through the 33rd Wabash Valley Exhibition as a Sculpture Award.

Evans, originally from Wyoming, received his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans and currently lives in Terre Haute.

He is Professor Emeritus from Indiana State University where he taught sculpture and drawing for 35 years.

Evans was inspired to create Free Fly when he came upon three large aluminum propeller blades that had been discarded. While studying the curved forms and contemplating the original purpose of the propellers, the artist began to develop a concept for the sculpture that would symbolize, "man's dream of flight. Free of any restraints other than bone, muscle and desire."

Free Fly, in the permanent collection of the Swope Art Museum, is the 10th sculpture for Art Spaces, which has been working to establish a collection of public art for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley since 2003.

The public is invited to attend the dedication to celebrate the new sculpture for the Arts Corridor.

Recent drawings by Evans will also be on display during the dedication and Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Halcyon Contemporary Art Galley.

For more information, call 812-235-2801, or e-mail info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com.

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