Sculpture commemorating Washington visit to be dedicated Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 4, 2016

SALISBURY — The Rowan Museum’s front lawn will be getting a new sculpture to honor George Washington’s visit to Salisbury.

The Public Art Committee, Mayor Karen Alexander, the Rowan Museum and the Salisbury-Rowan Convention and Visitors Bureau will be dedicating a sculpture for the front lawn of the Rowan Museum. The project was commissioned by the Salisbury Public Art Committee.

The dedication will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Rowan Museum.

The sculpture, called “George Washington Visits Salisbury,” will be installed near the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker that recognizes George Washington’s visit to Salisbury in 1791. It depicts Washington and a local woman with her child.

The public is invited to attend the reception at the Rowan Museum after the dedication.

The committee drew inspiration for the project from the 225th anniversary of Washington’s visit that was celebrated in May.

Sculptors Tekla and Dan Howachyn, owners of Black Mountain Iron Works in Black Mountain, designed and fabricated the piece. Their work has been featured in Asheville and Lenoir, as well as on television documentaries, book covers, periodicals and exhibits around the world, according to a press release.

Salisbury native Karl Rimer contributed to the funding of the sculpture, as did the Salisbury-Rowan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Public Art Committee.