King’s Island Statue by Student Honors Child with Cancer

May 28th, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Fine Arts senior Gavin Bruce and his sculpture "Gabriel's Hope" Photo courtesy The Lima News

Fine Arts senior Gavin Bruce and his sculpture “Gabriel’s Hope”
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Fine Arts senior Gavin Bruce has left a lasting impression at King’s Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, OH.

Bruce designed a life-size bronze statue that stands near the entrance to Planet Snoopy in celebration of the life and memory of Gabriel Taylor, a child who fought osteosarcoma for 21 months before succumbing to the illness in 2012.

The statue, titled Gabriel’s Hope, was commissioned by A Kid Again, a nonprofit organization that offers events and experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

“This has been a very moving experience,” Bruce said of the nearly 400-hour process. “The most amazing thing about this project is feeling that I have an opportunity to help improve the lives of sick children and their families with my art. I have a much stronger understanding of how art has the ability to shape culture.  Art is a powerful thing, and I believe it should be made with a purpose.”

The statue was donated to King’s Island on May 9 to thank the park for donating more than 50,000 tickets to A Kid Again.

Bruce is from Spencerville, OH, and attended Spencerville High School.

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