Art Spaces, VCPL announce new sculpture

Submitted photoComing soon: Art Spaces, Inc. and the Vigo County Public Library have announced a new public sculpture inspired by the work of Terre Haute native Theodore Dreiser.

Art Spaces, Inc. and the Vigo County Public Library have announced a new public sculpture inspired by the work of Terre Haute native Theodore Dreiser.

A public dedication will take place at 11:30 a.m. April 26, near the main library’s north entrance off Walnut Street in Terre Haute. The event is free and open to the public.

Dreiser, born in Terre Haute in 1871, is known as the “father of American Naturalism.” His writing style had a tremendous influence on his contemporaries as well as writers today. He is the author of eight novels and numerous short stories.

The sculpture will become part of the Art Spaces collection and will also add interest and attraction within Terre Haute’s newly designated Arts and Cultural District. The sculpture is titled “Dreiser – Shadows of Meaning.” The work in aluminum was created by UrbanRock Design of Los Angeles, California.

The artwork, according to a news release, “contains an engaging collection of Dreiser’s phrases gathered from various of his works, offering varied experiences dependent, in part, on the viewer’s distance from the work as well as the sun’s daily path which, on occasion, creates shadows of his words on the pavement.”

The sculpture was made possible by the Hollie and Anna Oakley Foundation, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Friends of Vigo County Public Library, ST Construction Inc. and  support from the International Theodore Dreiser Society and many individual contributions.

For information call 812-235-2801.