Alumnus Sculpts Public Statue of Historical Figure

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Jon Hair (CCAD, '76-’78) has sculpted a 12-foot granite statue of Martin Luther that is being dedicated Saturday, Oct. 9 on a North Carolina college campus.

Hair's project began with a 36-inch tall clay maquette as a guide to sculpting the full-size stone statue of the religious leader. Molds of the preliminary scale model then were made in order for a plaster casting of the piece to be poured, which served as a guide to sculpt the final piece.

The statue, a gift from a Charlotte, NC philanthropist, will be placed on a pedestal in front of Shaw Plaza, the highest point on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Hair began his sculpting career in 1999 and has since completed 30 major public art commissions, including a 35-foot bronze and steel monument in front of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

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