Artists: James Nelson and T.J. Dixon
Dr. Lawrence Lafayette Richardson
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
JN: This piece was commissioned by the grandson of Lawrence Lafayette Richardson, who was a physician and mayor of Simpsonville for many years.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
JN: This piece was made to recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Richardson, who was a physician, school board member and mayor of Simpsonville.
GJ: What materials did you use to create the statue?
JN: The sculpture was first made in clay. Then, rubber and plaster molds were made of the life-size clay figure. The molds were then used to create a wax model of the sculpture, and then the wax was cast in bronze using the lost wax method.
GJ: How long did it take to create? What was the creation process like?
JN: The piece took about a year to complete. The process is labor intensive, and while there are new technologies and materials that make things safer and easier, the process remains basically the same as it has been for thousands of years.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
JN: We always use live models as the basis for a sculptural portrait. We used Dr. Richardson’s grandson and granddaughter as models for this piece. It was amazing to see how a family resemblance passes through generations.
GJ: When was it completed?
It is located in front of the Simpsonville Square development near the corner of West College and Northeast Main streets in Simpsonville.