The Edmond Sun

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March 13, 2007

Oklahoma history cast in bronze

EDMOND — OKLAHOMA CITY — The state’s 100th birthday commemoration will extend many years beyond this November for one Oklahoma company.

One hundred years of history also will be cast in bronze for hundreds of years more.

At The Crucible Foundry and Gallery in Norman, the centennial began four or five years ago and will continue for several more years. The company is charged with creating bronze sculptures for colleges and universities, for memorials and of the Land Run as part of the centennial celebration.

“No one needs this stuff, (but) I think they need this stuff,” said Mark Palmerton, owner of the foundry. “They say ‘you just want to make money.’ Obviously I do, but in reality isn’t the world better off with art?”

Curt Monson thinks so.

“Art is an almost automatic measurement (of) a community’s future,” said Monson, chairman of the Edmond Parks Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. “Living in an environment with no art is not good.”

He has worked to try to bring more public art to Edmond, with a centennial project this year reflecting that attempt.

On July 4, a statue of Nannita R.H. Daisey, known as “Kentucky Daisey,” will be unveiled in Edmond. The “Leaping into History” statue is of a woman jumping off the trains of a cowcatcher during the Land Run.

She landed in Edmond.

Monson said he wanted to do something big and “most history doesn’t center on women.”

The statue will be big.

It will stand 13 feet tall and 26 feet long and will be made of bronze and Oklahoma red granite. The project is costing about $250,000 in mostly private funds, with some centennial money and public funding.

Palmerton said bronze statues were popular back in the time of kings and queens and have in the last two decades become popular again. He said it partly is because they last so long and partly because the material lends itself to a lot of variations and detail work.

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