News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 7, 2013

Sculpting A Legend: The journey, in pictures


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute sculptor Bill Wolfe worked day and night for months creating the 15-foot statue of Larry Bird that will forever stand outside Hulman Center.

As the Nov. 9 dedication of the statue arrives, the Tribune-Star offers a special section, featuring photographer Joe Garza's photographs of the sculpture's artistic evolution from imagination to foam, clay and, finally, bronze. Look for it in Friday's paper.

Also, coming in Saturday and Sunday editions of the Tribune-Star:

The Honoring a Legend events Friday and Saturday will be a 1978-79 reunion of sorts, bringing together local fans who watched Bird play at Hulman Center, as well as 1979 team members who went to Salt Lake City to play against Magic Johnson's Michigan State Spartans in "The Game That Changed The Game."

The bronze statue of Bird will be dedicated on the south side of Hulman Center at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the season opener for men's basketball as ISU takes on Ball State. Bird will be recognized at halftime of the game.

On Friday, ISU will host the largest, single fundraising event in its history with a dinner and program chronicling Bird's playing career in high school, college, and the NBA as well as his days as a coach and executive with the Pacers.