By Chris Johnson Shaw News Service

New sculpture makes its Nash debut

Harvest Hunter’ depicts barn owl in flight

OREGON – A graceful barn owl sculpture has found a home in the Nash Recreation Center garden.

“Harvest Hunter,” by Wildwood, Mo., sculptor Matthew Donovan, the seventh of 10 Community Art’s Legacy sculptures to be installed in Oregon, is in the garden between the parking lot and the front door.

The sculpture, of a barn owl flying over the fields, was chosen at the annual Fields Project Art Fair in June 2010.

The Fields Art project highlights the connection between art and agriculture.

“I am immersed in an agricultural environment, and there is a connection between farms and wildlife,” Donovan said. “Barns. Barn owls. See the connection.”

The full-size bronze, which has a white patina, was cast at inBronze foundry in Mount Morris. It was unveiled and dedicated Thursday.

The eighth sculpture, “Working the Land,” is near completion and will be unveiled at the Park District Community Gardens on 10th Street at 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

The ninth sculpture, “Soypod,” was chosen at this year’s Fields Project Art Fair. The full-sized clay version will arrive for casting at inBronze the first of next year.

The 10th and final sculpture will be chosen next summer.

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