Artist Jay Jarvie Aims to Give Lady Liberty a Sister with Historic Statue of Providence Project
MEDFORD, Ore., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Author, artist, and futurist Jay Jarvie has assembled a team of business professionals to help him in building what may be the most significant public artwork project since the completion of Mt. Rushmore (1939). From his original sculpture artwork titled: Providence Lifts All, Jarvie intends to re-create the sculpture on a much grander scale. At 140 foot tall, the bronze monument will be second in height to no other US sculptures, other than the Statue of Liberty at 151 foot tall. This is no coincidence, as the sculpture is modeled after Lady Liberty and is intended to act as a “sister” monument in both form and symbolism.
Providence Lifts All is a figure representing the foreseeing care and guidance over man and the creatures of the earth. In her right hand she holds a sword, where Liberty holds a torch. The sword represents divine authority or authority executed rightly as God does. In her left hand, she holds two scrolls representing knowledge and wisdom. On her shoulder she carries a shield representing truth. Under her foot is a serpent representing Providence’s power and triumph over evil.
Providence Lifts All will be built in a similar fashion to methods used to construct the Statue of Liberty with a steel framework supporting a thin metal shell. The two sculptures diverge in that the Providence Monument will be covered with a skin of bronze panels created by the lost wax process, rather than copper plates created by repose, as the Statue of Liberty was.
Inspiration for the monument came as the artist contemplated how he could generate enthusiasm for a separate project, focused on teaching sound human relations and fair economic practices; ideas that could lead us toward a higher form of civilization. “What I needed was a way to inspire people,” said Mr. Jarvie. “More than just inspire, I needed a symbol of the intention of my work.” That symbol, “Lady Providence,” was spurred by the suggestion of the late Viktor Frankl, who suggested a Statue of Responsibility should be placed on the West Coast of the United States to balance the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast. “Viktor’s recommendation was well taken, but what I needed,” says Mr. Jarvie, “was something more than responsibility. Providence became the symbol; providence included responsibility and much more.”
Jarvie has experience in foundry and bronze work, but this scale of project requires structural engineering and management experience as well. With methods developed in the construction of the largest bronze statue in the world, the Ushiku Amida Buddha in Japan, Jarvie and his team will use modern technology, digital enlargement, and CNC manufacturing to minimize costs and manpower. Even with these modern advancements a project like this is still fine art at its best.
The monument project coordinators will begin a fundraising venture on November 19(th), 2012 on the Kickstarter.com website listed under -The Statue of Providence– heading. All contributions will gain the contributors an item of artwork to commemorate what truly will be an historic occasion.
For more information, press photos, and to follow the project visit www.statueofprovidence.org. Contact: Jay Jarvie (541-331-1031) firstname.lastname@example.org Media info: www.statueofprovidence.org/media.html
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SOURCE Jay Jarvie