November 29-December 6, 2004
Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon has documented the entire process of creating a figurine of a newsboy and a life-size bronze sculpture. Watch the artist work through these posts. In this blog, she has also included information for students and teachers. In the previous post, we were watching the process of the beginning of sculpting the life-size newsboy
If you are lost and want to go back to the chronological running list of posts, follow this link.
Remember that this sculpture is intended for the State Capital. I thought that this might be a good time to look at the road that the newsboy will have to travel to get there.
Our destination is the Texas State Preservation Board. “The State Preservation Board was established in 1983 by the 68th Legislature for the purpose of preserving, maintaining and restoring the State Capitol and the General Land Office building, and their contents and ground for the benefit of the citizens of Texas”
You can read about the State Preservation Board on their web site. According to this web site “the Texas Capitol building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its significant contribution to American History.” The state preservation board will determine the future of our newsboy.
What road do you take to get to the State Preservation Board? It is a long journey. To be put on the agenda for the State Preservation Board the project must be brought as a resolution before the state senate.
The Legislature meets every odd-numbered year for 140 days. The 79th regular legislative session begins Jan. 11, 2005. If you would like to find out more about the legislature processes the Texas Legislature site Online web site is excellent.
There is also quite a bit of information at the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
WHO IS MY REPRESENTATIVE?
I am very proud to report that John Whitmire, the state senator who represents my district will file the bill supporting the Texas Press Association’s statue request.
If you live in Texas and you are interested in finding out whom your own state representative is, you can do so by going to the capitol state web site and typing in your address.
If you would like to learn about the Texas Senate you can play games and collect senator trading cards, like the one above, at Texas Senate Kids web site.
There is a section for preschool children as well as a special section for parents and teachers. You can also take a capitol tour. When take the tour you will see the sculptures of Elizabet Ney that we spoke about in the October 26th journal. I love the Texas Senate Kids web site, it is so much fun!
THE JOURNEY’S END
We really will not know the standing and destination of our newsboy until next year. The designated date of placement for the sculpture is May 19th 2005. This is the 125th anniversary date of the Texas Press Association.
If for some reason the newsboy should not make it through the legislation process, with favor, the sculpture will be placed at the Texas Press Association’s office building in Austin, Texas.
As we follow this legislative process it will be a wonderful educational adventure. I am hopeful about the placement at the State Capitol building and I look forward to uniting with many people at the unveiling. My job, right now, is to keep sculpting. The rest will be history.
Now let’s move on with the sculpting process in the Frustration of the Creative Process.