Bronze Sculpture Representing Palestine’s Rail History Soon to be Unveiled
Palestine- An 8-foot tall bronze statue will be unveiled Nov. 2, 2012 at 2 p.m. outside the Palestine Visitor Center (825 W. Spring). Commissioned by Palestine Tomorrow, Inc. (PTI) and donated to the City of Palestine, the epic bronze sculpture, Forging History, is the work of Colorado-based artist Dale Montagne.
The bronze sculpture represents the rail history of Palestine from the 1840’s through today. Incorporating images from our past in a swirl of bronze, out of which rises a man who represents the thousands who have worked and lived the railroad, Mr. Montagne has captured the essence of the impact the railroad has made to Palestine.
“We are so honored by the donation of this piece of art,” said Main Street Manager Laura Westgate. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Palestine Tomorrow and Dale to make this a reality. The artist has spent hundreds of hours on this piece, and I know that the volunteers of PTI have thrown themselves into the project heart-and-soul. The statue will make a fabulous permanent anchor for our annual sculpture show, and we feel it will be a destination and draw.”
The reception is open to the public and will feature wine donated by Sweet Dreams Winery, Granny Muffin Wines and Ben E. Keith, and cheese and crackers donated by Wal-Mart.
Temporarily located at the Palestine Visitor Center, Forging History will eventually find a home in a railroad park envisioned by Palestine Tomorrow, Inc. that encompasses the visitor center, farmers market and a small island across from the visitor center. The statue will remain on permanent display once it is unveiled.
For more information please contact the Palestine Visitor Center, (903) 723-3014 or PalestineMainStreet@palestine-tx.org.