Saturday, February 1, 2003

Bush statue planned for Hamilton High

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON - This City of Sculptures will soon add a bronze-and-granite commemoration of President Bush's signing of the No Child Left Behind education legislation.

Deer Park artist Jarrett Hawkins has been commissioned for the project, which will be placed near the flagpole at Hamilton High School, site of Bush's Jan. 8, 2002, signing.

Donna and Ralph "Pat" Carruthers are donating the $360,000 cost of the project, titled "A Sculpture Plaza."

The couple also paid for a fine-arts wing after a fire at Wilson Junior High and helped pay for work to upgrade Hamilton High School's auditorium.

Hawkins said he envisions "a life-size bronze president standing on a dais with a copy of the bill. Beside him will be Superintendent Janet Baker," Hawkins said.

There will be seven other figures that would include students from grade-school through high-school age of varying ethnic backgrounds. Each will be made to resemble a child who was present at the signing of the bill.

The sculpture is designed to be interactive and durable, Hawkins said. It should be completed and installed by April 2004.

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