Artist: Tom Durham
Max M. Heller
How were you contacted to create this piece?
I was contacted by the search committee for the sculpture based on the sculpture I had done of Pete Hollis for Greenville and a sculpture of Phillip Simmons for Charleston.
What is the inspiration of this piece?
Inspiration is based on research. I had remembered Greenville as a small town in the ’60s when visiting my grandmother who lived in Liberty, South Carolina, and then seeing all the businesses that were brought in to Greenville, which was in large part due to Max Heller. The change was astounding.
What materials did you use to create this statue?
The sculpture was modeled in clay and cast in bronze by a small foundry in Philadelphia, where I was living at the time.
How long did it take to create and what was the creation process like?
It was a pretty fast due date by the time they hired me, so from start to finish was nine months.
What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
The gesture and portrait were rather nice. Max was always gesturing and pointing his finger when he talked, and I caught that just right. When you see it today people are always touching that hand, so it now has a natural polished look from their touch.
When was it completed?
I believe 2007 or 2008.
Located across from NOMA Square on North Main Street in Greenville