Emeritus Alfred University professor restores vandalized sculpture in Alabama
HUNTSVILLE, AL – In December, Glenn Zweygardt, emeritus professor of sculpture in the New York State College of Ceramic returned to Huntsville, AL, with his apprentice, Lucas Jankovsky, to restore his sculpture, Early Homeland Security.
Early Homeland Security was created in 2009. It consisted of a painted steel column with a bracket that held, suspended, a six-foot bronze arrowhead. The sculpture had been on University Alabama-Huntsville campus from 2014 until the spring of 2017, when it was moved off campus to a new location on the SPACES Sculpture Trail, at Ditto Landing on the banks of the Tennessee River in Huntsville.
On March 17, 2017, the 19-foot tall sculpture was toppled by a vandal who made off with the bronze arrowhead. Authorities alerted scrap yards within a 100-mile radius to the vandalism and soon after, police were able to apprehend the suspected thief, who had allegedly cut the arrowhead into three pieces and flattened them.
Having kept the original arrowhead pattern, Zweygardt and Jankovsky made a resin bonded sand mold and cast the mold in aluminum (far less valuable than bronze) in Zweygardt’s foundry in Alfred Station. The arrowhead was powder-coated in Bath, NY, at Clark Specialty Company. It was then transported to Huntsville, where the sculpture was restored at the Ditto Landing site.
“I’m thankful for Arts Huntsville time and effort to coordinate replacing this sculpture, rather than simply removing it,” Zweygardt commented. “It is always great to have my work on display in a public setting.”
Arts Huntsville recently purchased Early Homeland Security for their permanent collection.
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