Artist: Maria Kirby-Smith. Raise High the Torch of Sterling!
What was the inspiration behind the piece?
It was the beautiful young faces looking out from the [Sterling High School] yearbooks, shining with intelligence, hope, fine character and trepidation. And the extraordinary spirit of the alumni. The first time we met, they spontaneously burst forth with the song of their alma mater.
How long did the piece take to create?
About a year to sculpt in clay and cast in bronze.
What is your favorite part of the piece, and why?
It was such a pleasure to work with the committee, and the alumni’s enthusiasm, insight and generous spirit motivated me to sculpt 110%.
Completed date: Nov. 19, 2006
1 N. Main St., Greenville