The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 31, 2012

'Forging History' statue unveiling Friday

PALESTINE — The locally anticipated 8-foot tall bronze statue “Forging History” will be unveiled during a formal ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday outside the Palestine Visitor Center, located at 825 W. Spring St.

Commissioned by Palestine Tomorrow Inc. (PTI) and donated to the City of Palestine, the epic bronze sculpture is the work of Colorado-based artist Dale Montagne.

The sculpture, which represents the rail history of Palestine from the 1840s through today, incorporates images from the past in a swirl of bronze — out of which rises a man who represents the thousands who have worked and lived the railroad

“We are so honored by the donation of this piece of art,” Main Street Manager Laura Westgate said. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Palestine Tomorrow and Dale to make this a reality.

“The artist has spent hundreds of hours on this piece, and I know that the volunteers of PTI have thrown themselves into the project heart-and-soul,” she added. “The statue will make a fabulous permanent anchor for our annual sculpture show, and we feel it will be a destination and draw.”

Friday’s reception is open to the public and will feature wine donated by Sweet Dreams Winery, Granny Muffin Wines and Ben E. Keith, and cheese and crackers donated by Wal-Mart.

Temporarily located at the Palestine Visitor Center, “Forging History” will eventually find a home in a railroad park envisioned by Palestine Tomorrow Inc. that encompasses the visitor center, farmers market and a small island across from the visitor center. The statue will remain on permanent display once it is unveiled.

According to Mary Jean Mollard of Palestine Tomorrow Inc., the organization is still seeking donations to cover the cost of the sculpture.

For more information please contact the Palestine Visitor Center, 903-723-3014 or PalestineMainStreet@palestine-tx.org.

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Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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