Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Last Whistle
There is a lot of feeling in the face of this bronze statue. This is another sculpture from the Celebration of Fine Arts event I went to last Friday. This is by sculptor Ken Newman of Cambridge Idaho. This one stopped me in my tracks.
I've been trying to figure out why this particular sculpture moved me the way it did and all I can come up with is that I grew up in factory town. My grandfather worked for Gardner Denver (compressor manufacturing) for many years and my father worked there too for a short time before starting his own business. But, the city also had many other factories like Motorola, Moorman's Manufacturing, Quincy Compressor, Quincy Soybean (now ADM), Knapheide and Electric Wheel (now Titan Wheel). I'm certain there are more that I'm not remembering. While growing up I saw many scenes like this sculpture, men leaving the factories with lunch pails in hand and coat collars turned up against the cold. This sculpture seems to bring all that back to me. I stared at it and a flood of memories washed over me.
Mr. Newman packed a lot of emotion in this bronze. It's a powerful image.