Saturday, September 28, 2013
"HIGH SCALER" by Steven Liguori (2000)
“My inspiration comes from my mentor and father, Bruno Liguori, who taught me that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. He also taught me to appreciate nature, which is my second inspiration. Not only the beauty of environment, but also the beauty in people. My third influence comes from Native Americans. My father was a gold minor, the by-product of which is turquoise… he would sell the turquoise to the various tribes and in spending time interacting with the people I learned that we are all a part of nature.” ~ Steven Liguori
"The man depicted on this monument is performing one of the most dangerous yet essential jobs in the construction of the (Boulder) Hoover Dam. Sitting in a bosun's chair, hundreds of feet in the air, his job was to set charges and clear the loose rock from the face of the canyon walls. This statue depicts Joe Kine, who performed the work of a high scaler at Boulder Dam, Glen Canyon Dam and other reclamation projects in the 1930's and 1940's. This monument is dedicated to all of the men who labored to build Hoover Dam." ~ Reprinted text from plaque inscription on wall
The artist's comment: "High Scaler Hoover Dam Monument - 22’ bronze - Weight 130,000 pounds; Twice life size bronze monument mounted on stone; Created from my Sculpture I of the Hoover Dam Series; creating a bronze high scaler statue in the likeness of Joe Kine, one of the last surviving high scalers who worked on the Hoover Dam project. A clear picture of Joe Kine existed showing him in his working environment and was used as a guide to create the bronze figure. Upon completion the statue was presented to Joe on September 30, 1995, Hoover Dam’s sixtieth anniversary. In 1999, Steven Liguori started the construction of a High Scaler monument dedicated to the builders of Hoover Dam. The undertaking of such a project seemed impossible." ~ Reprinted text from here: http://stevenliguori.com/project/portfolio-piece-7/
"Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover." ~ Reprinted text from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Dam
Thanks for your comments yesterday on "Scarecr-oaster" and "Can-dice-alum-inecia (aka "Candice").
Tomorrow is "L" day of Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge." I am ready; are you?
High Scaler Cafe'
Located between Clark County, Nevada and Mohave County, Arizona
Near Boulder City, NV
***#4 photo of the day***
(photo taken July, 2013)
Saturday, September 28, 2013