Artist: James Nelson and TJ Dixon. Vardry McBee
What was the inspiration behind the piece?
The idea behind the portrait was simple: to create a sculpture of Vardry McBee in a pose that looked relaxed and natural. We probably submitted six to 10 different poses, with the Greenville Historical Society choosing their favorite.
How long did the piece take to create?
It took about eight months to sculpt in clay, make molds and cast in bronze.
What is your favorite part of the piece, and why?
One of the fun parts about a historic portrait is to find a model that looks like the subject. In this instance, we used a friend who is a musician. We saw him at a concert, took one look at him and we both thought, “Well, there is Vardry!” He was a great model, and that was fun.
Completed date: 2001
128 South Main St. in Greenville